New coronavirus messages emblazoned on side of Edinburgh bin lorries
Reminder of precautions with waste
BIN lorries in the Capital have been emblazoned with new messages about coronavirus in a bid to help keep Edinburgh safe during the pandemic.
Six vehicles are carrying the adverts on their side as they follow their collection routes around the city.
Among the messages are a reminder that if someone in a household has coronavirus symptoms, rubbish should be double-bagged and left 72 hours before being put in the outside bin.
Another tells residents some bin services are suspended and urges them to check details on the council website – www.edinburgh.gov.uk/coronavirus.
And a third reads: “Thanks to all our teams for keeping Edinburgh safe and delivering essential services.”
Meanwhile,children have been leaving pictures and notes on their bins for the bin crews – who have have been displaying them in their cabs and in the depots.
Driver Stevie Berwick said: “It’s nice to know we are appreciated.”
Opeartive Jim Binnie said: “It always puts a wee smile on my face, especially when we get a wave from the windows too.”
And driver Terry Myles said: “When the crew arrives at Powderhall brae the residents come out and clap to show their appreciation.”
Kerbside glass recycling collections and pick-ups of garden waste had been suspended, but the glass collections began again this week and the brown bin collections will resume on May 11.
Special uplifts remain suspended and household waste and recycling centres are closed, though the council says it is working hard to reintroduce these services as soon as it is safe to do so.
Council leader Adam McVey said: “Our waste crews are doing a fantastic job of keeping the city moving by carrying out essential bin collections – and now they’re helping us share important messages with the public. Our colourful bin lorries are sporting advice for helping us to respond to the coronavirus crisis, and of course a thank you to the teams delivering core services during this time!”
Depute leader Cammy Day said: “You might have spotted our newly-branded bin lorries doing their rounds – they’re helping to encourage people to dispose of rubbish responsibly and safely. That said, I know the vast majority of people are following our advice and I’d like to thank them for their support and patience during this time.”