If you live near one of the squares on the map above then the chances are you’re going to be among the first 20,000 Edinburgh residents to be using a new recycling system come September the 1st.
But if, like many people in Leith, you use communal waste bins, then look away now. This post will only make you jealous.
Officials hope that the coming changes which will eventually roll out to 140,000 households in Edinburgh, will make it easier for folk to recycle, and therefore boost domestic recycling rates. If rates go up, then the amount the council has to pay in Landfill Tax goes down, which is a good thing.
As this graph shows, the proportion of city waste that is being recycled or composted is going up each year. Around 40% of domestic waste now does not go to landfill, but the city – like all Scottish Local Authorities – has a target of 70% to meet.
The range of things you can recycle is increasing, whilst the size of your general waste bin is decreasing. The number of different containers you need to sort things into is also decreasing. This should make the whole process more straightforward.
Your green wheelie bin will now be used for paper, cardboard, cans, tins and plastics. Sorting out recycling should become more straightforwards as the new service allows you to recycle envelopes, aerosols, and probably most importantly, ALL types of plastic packaging.
Your blue box will be used to recycle glass, batteries and for the first time, small electrical appliances like kettles, hair-dryers or toasters.
There’s no change to the food waste recycling scheme, or the garden waste recycling scheme.
More details are available in this council leaflet.
If your household is affected by these changes then you should get an information pack with details of your new collection times through the letterbox. However, if you want to speak to a human being about the changes then there’s a Recycling Roadshow on Wednesday the 6th, at Leith Victoria Swim Centre, 9am-12pm.