AN investigation has been launched after a Virgin Media worker illegally dumped heavy electrical components into a residential bin.
The careless engineer was snapped emptying a box of metal and plastic into a communal bin on Iona Street by vigilant resident Calum Carlyle.
The photograph has sparked a probe by Edinburgh City Council, while Virgin Media chiefs have vowed to retain their employee.
It is an offence to deposit trade waste into domestic bins.
Calum Carlyle, 36, said he believed the actions of the Virgin Media worker were symptomatic of a wider problem.
He added: “This was just one box, but I did think if they are all doing that then that’s quite a lot of potentially recyclable items being dumped in bins.
“One incident could be considered somebody just wanting a quick afternoon, but at the same time I did think, ‘is this a bigger problem?’ The council is working towards zero waste. If metal components are taken to a recycling centre that’s better than in the black bins. The council has ultimately got to pay for processing all the waste.”
The engineer was seen parking his branded Virgin Media van before pulling out a box and dumping the contents.
Mr Carlyle said: “The guy didn’t seem particularly interested that I was taking the pictures of him.
“He obviously didn’t think it was a big deal.”
The Iona Street incident comes one week after the News revealed how Edinburgh’s failure to hit Scottish Government recycling targets has cost the taxpayer almost £1 million in landfill tax fines.
Today, a spokeswoman for Virgin Media admitted their employee had breached company policy and said they were “extremely disappointed”.
The city’s recycling rate currently stands at 41 per cent – well below the 50 per cent target set at Holyrood.
Ashley Scott, a spokeswoman for Virgin Media, said: “We’re extremely disappointed to see this. It is not acceptable and we will speak with the engineer responsible to re-train him about our policies.
“Virgin Media continues to invest in improving its processes to recycle and dispose of its waste responsibly.”
A council spokeswoman said the abuse of domestic bins restricts their use by the public and insisted that any businesses “found to be doing this run the risk of prosecution”.
She added: “Businesses have a duty to deal with their own waste.
“It is an offence to misuse residential bins and the council will be investigating these claims.”