(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)
In late September Edinburgh Council wrote to all residents who use its kerbside bin service to update them on changes to their bin collection days and garden waste collections. In the letters, Edinburgh Council also included new bin collection calendars and, for residents who had signed up to Edinburgh Council’s new garden waste service, new garden waste bin permits were included.
The new collection dates and garden waste service started this week, so Edinburgh Council would be grateful if you can check your new bin calendars to ensure you are putting your bins out on the correct day. Garden waste bins may also be collected on a different day of the week to other bins. Residents can check their new bin calendars on Edinburgh Council’s website.
The changes to bin collection days is part of this year’s budget savings and will help the Council to save £500,000.
Thank you for your support.
Karen Reeves | Technical Manager | Waste and Street Cleaning|Place | The City of Edinburgh Council| Seafield Depot| 1 Fillyside Road, Edinburgh, EH7 6RD | Tel: 0131 469 5196 | Email: email@example.com
(adapted from a post on New Town and Broughton CC’s website)
Edinburgh Council is introducing an annual £25 fee (per bin) to collect brown garden waste bins. Coincident with this – the new service will be fortnightly throughout the year, instead of once every three weeks.
The current free garden waste service will continue until 5 October 2018 BUT if you want to continue receiving garden waste collections after that date, action is required before 22 July to register and pay to receive this service after October 2018.
The council states that its reasons for introducing a charge for garden waste collections are :
- Garden waste collection is not a statutory service, and with reducing budgets and increasing costs, the council can no longer afford to provide the service for free.
- Over 40% of councils in the UK charge for a garden waste collection and some have stopped the service altogether.
- The £25 per year charge was agreed by the council at a meeting in February and it is estimated it will save £1.3 million each year and allow provision of a more frequent service.
You do not need to sign up for this service, but if you choose not to sign up you will stop receiving garden waste collections when the free service stops. Further communication from the council is planned later in the summer.
More details can be found on the council website http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/gardenwasteincluding exemptions to the charge for those who qualify.
The website also has more details on the new policy, how the scheme is intended to work and legitimate options for those who do not sign up for the new scheme.