New Recycling Scheme

(The following is adapted form an email to CC secretaries from Edinburgh Council.)

From 1 September Edinburgh Council will begin the rollout of the new recycling service in phases across the city, and it will be complete by summer 2015.

The Community Councils which will be affected in the first phase will be:

  • Craigentinny/Meadowbank
  • Northfield/Willowbrae
  • Portobello
  • Craigmillar
  • Liberton & District
  • Gilmerton Inch
  • Grange/Prestonfield
  • Granton & District
  • Trinity
  • Stockbridge/Inverleith
  • Drylaw/Telford
  • Leith Harbour & Newhaven
  • Leith Links

From September through until summer 2015, red and blue boxes will be replaced by wheelie bins and boxes.  Edinburgh Council will be rolling out this new recycling service to approximately 140,000 residents with individual wheelie bins.

The new service will allow residents to recycle more of their waste and make it easier by less sorting of items. They will also be able to recycle lots more plastics; including bottles, pots, tubs and trays and also small electrical items.

We will be supplying residents with a smaller wheelie bin (140L) that will be used for general waste. The green wheelie bin will change from being a landfill bin to a recycling bin. It will be used for mixed recycling (plastics, paper, cardboard, cans etc) and they will continue to use their blue box (for glass), food and garden recycling. The red box will no longer be used, and we will collect those that residents don’t want to keep.

All bin collections will be on the same day each week – one week it will be general waste and food bins. The next week it will be the recycling bin and box, garden waste and food waste bins.

Introduction of the new service will be done in phases to ensure that Edinburgh Council are able to resolve any issues as they arise, and can look to make any improvements, as the service roll out progresses.

How will you residents get to know about the changes?

Edinburgh Council will be running a full scale communications and engagement campaign to support residents throughout the roll out. This will include information being sent direct to those affected before the start of the new service with introductory information on the new service. Edinburgh Council will send another information pack near to the start date that will include a collection calendar, details on what items go in each bin, a sticker for their glass box, and where to find out more.

Posters, signs, press, web and social media updates will also happen throughout the roll out.

Edinburgh Council are running events across the city, to speak to residents about the new service.  These are listed on this page: Edinburgh Council have also briefed their customer and neighbourhood teams to make sure they are aware of the changes.

Brief information on the new recycling service is on this web page:


Information about affected streets and a map is on this web page, with a downloadable guide:


[Sent by]

Julie Dickson on behalf of

Justine Taylor MCIWM Chartered Waste Manager | Waste and Open Spaces Development Officer | Waste Services | The City of Edinburgh Council | 33 Murrayburn Road | Edinburgh | EH4 2TF | Tel 0131 469 5661 | Fax 0131 469 5149 Email

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