Local councillor hits out at Edinburgh City Council over litter problem in Drumbrae

A local councillor has hit out at the council’s inability to deal with the litter crisis outside of the Drumbrae Leisure centre.

By Jacob Farr
Wednesday, 9th June 2021, 4:45 pm

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A bin hub that contains several industrial mixed recycling bins as well as ones for industrial generic waste and glass recycling is situated on the middle corner of Drumbrae Crescent.

Overflow from the area has meant that litter has been strewn across the adjacent fields.

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Several litter picker events have taken place in the area with locals saying they are tackling a problem on a similar scale to painting the Forth Bridge.

Everything from old crisp packets and sweet wrappers to cardboard from shiny new kitchen appliances can be seen sticking out of bushes and the greenspace surrounding the leisure centre.

Local councillor Mark Brown said: “I guess it's just really the frustration that these things always seem to need to be reported in order for them to be emptied and it's largely in the same hot spots.

Bins overflowing by Drumbrae Leisure Centre

“There's also the ongoing issue surrounding fly-tipping across the community.

“It's all fine and well warning stickers being placed in the communal bin areas however it's abundantly clear this is proving to be no threat at all as the issue continues to blight the area as much now as it did before Covid.

“This administration needs to focus on offering its citizens value for money on fundamental services instead of channelling their attention on whatever the vanity project of the day is.”

A council spokesperson said: “We appreciate that overflowing bins are unsightly and inconvenient for the public, and we endeavour to empty these as quickly as possible. These bins are recycling ones which often have lots of non-recyclable material in them so different crews are required to empty them and they are scheduled to be emptied today.

“Due to the pandemic more people are working from home which is producing a large increase in domestic waste across the city. It is really important with our recycling bins that people only dispose of the correct materials in them. Our teams are working as quickly and efficiently as they can to make sure that we keep the city clean and it’s really important the public support us by disposing of rubbish properly.”

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