Leith Christmas bin collection and tree recycling plans


The council have released details of their plans for festive bin collections. They plan to bring forwards some collections to take account of the Christmas and New Year holidays. Collection dates for green household bins and food waste will change from:

  • Tuesday 25 December – Saturday 22 December;
  • Wednesday 26 December – Sunday 23 December;
  • Tuesday 1 January – Saturday 29 December;
  • Wednesday 2 January – Sunday 30 December
  • Thursday 3 January – Saturday 5 January. 

Red and blue box collections will be as normal apart from those due to be picked up on Christmas Day, which will change to Saturday 22, and New Year’s Day, which will change to Saturday 29.

If boxes are not picked up on these dates, officials have asked people to leave them out until they are collected, warning that services may be subject to change in the event of severe weather.

They’re also keen to remind folk that there are three community recycling centres.

Environment Convener Councillor Lesley Hinds said: “It is important that residents make sure that they find out when refuse and recycling will be picked up during the festive season.

“A lot of the rubbish we produce at this time of year is recyclable, like cardboard and wrapping paper, so take advantage of our recycling facilities and try to stick to the reduce, re-use and recycle message.

“We have made special arrangements to make sure that no-one misses a collection at this time but we can’t control the weather so please check our website over Christmas for any possible changes if the weather is bad.”

Additionally, when it comes to Christmas Tree recycling arrangements have been made for this regardless of what type of bin collection you get from Monday the 7th of January. 

If you have a brown bin for recycling garden waste, then officials are requesting that you leave it out next to your bin when your next garden waste collection is due. 

If you have a communal bin, officials ask you to put it out on the kerbside on one of these days if you live in the Leith Neighbourhood Partnership:

  • Mondays 7th, 14th & 21st January
  • Thursdays 10th, 17th & 24th January 

More information available here on the council website: http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/waste