Bin collection for the festive season

Members briefing 432: Bin collection arrangements for the festive season

 This briefing is to provide you with information on the changes to bin days over the festive season from Wednesday 25 December 2013 to Tuesday 7 January 2014.

 We want to ensure that we get this information about the arrangements out to every affected resident. We have a communications campaign running from this week throughout the festive period.

 However, any additional support that you can give to help let residents in your ward know about the arrangements would be appreciated. Please direct them to our website  or our contact centre on 0131 529 3030 for further information.

Green, brown and food waste bins and red and blue box collections

Bins will not be collected on 25 December and 1 January but will instead be picked up on Saturday 28 December and Saturday 4 January respectively.

 If we don’t pick up the bin on the day listed above, we are asking residents to leave it out until we collect it.

 Please note that unlike previous years collections that fall on Boxing Day 26 December and Thursday 2 January will happen as normal. Residents should ensure that there bins are out by 6am on the collection day.

 Christmas tree recycling

Christmas trees can be recycled at any of our three Community Recycling Centres which will be open throughout the festive period (except for 25 & 26 Dec and 1 & 2 January)

We will also be providing a kerbside Christmas Tree recycling collection. If residents have a brown bin or live in a brown bin area, they are being asked to place their tree at the kerbside, next to the brown bin, by 6am on the next garden waste day.

To enable trees to be recycled residents are reminded to:

·         Remove all decorations from the Christmas tree

·         If the tree is 6ft tall or more, please cut it in half

·         Do not place trees in plastic bags, as this means we cannot recycle it

·         Remove any tree stands

.We will also be collecting trees from communal bin areas during January. Residents can go for more details.

 2014 collection calendars

There are no changes to collection days for 2014. Residents can download their collection calendars or call 0131 529 3030 for a copy.

Special uplifts


There will be no special uplift service between Tuesday 24 December and 7 January. Normal service will resume on Tuesday 7 January.