Edinburgh council warns bins are 'starting to fill up very quickly' ahead of Christmas rush

Communal bins are already getting full with packaging as the Christmas period kicks into action.

Wednesday, 18th December 2019, 12:21 pm
Updated Wednesday, 18th December 2019, 12:29 pm
Pressure on communal bins is expected to increase over Christmas

Capital residents are being asked to keep their recycling at home as communal bins begin to show the strain of the Christmas period.

Edinburgh City Council has warned residents that communal packaging bins - kerbside bins with the green lids - are already getting full.

Environment convener Lesley Macinnes thanked city residents for recycling but added that if bins are full, people should keep their recycling in their homes.

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She said: “It’s brilliant that so many people are helping Edinburgh have a green Christmas by recycling their packaging, but the knock-on effect is that our communal packaging bins are starting to fill up very quickly.

"Our top tips are to make sure you flatten boxes before popping them into the bin, and if you find the bin is already full up, please keep your recycling at home until we’ve emptied the bin or remember you can always take it to one of our three Household Waste Recycling Centres."

Councillor Macinnes added that garden waste collections are now paused until January but more staff are being drafted in to help over the Christmas period.

"With garden waste collections now paused until January, we’ve got extra collections staff pitching in to help us manage the increased demand in waste and recycling over Christmas and New Year, and we’re very grateful to all our staff who’ll be going the extra mile to keep the city clean and tidy over the festive period.

"Please check our festive arrangements page to find out when your collection’s due – and have a Happy (Green) Christmas!”

Bin collections postponed.

The council have also said when bins will be collected if collection dates coincide with the festive period.

If your bin is scheduled to be collected on

Wednesday 25 December it will be emptied between Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 December

Thursday 26 December it will be emptied between Thursday 26 and Friday 27 December

Wednesday 1 January it will be emptied between Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 January

Thursday 2 January it will be emptied between Thursday 2 and Friday 3 January.