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Edinburgh bins roll-out leads to 30% recycling increase

Edinburgh has credited a new kerbside collection service alongside a communications campaign for a 30% annual increase in its recycling rates.

During the past six months, more than 940 communal dry mixed recycling bins and 617 glass bins have been installed on the city’s streets, with the roll-out of more facilities planned for other areas of the city.

The City of Edinburgh Council said the  service has seen the amount of waste recycled increase by 30% in 2015-16 compared with 2014-15 in participating households.

The upturn has contributed to a city-wide fall of 10% in the amount of waste sent to landfill since 2014-15, while the city-wide rate of recycling has grown by 2.9% during the past year.

Houses involved in the new service produced 51% more food waste recycling in 2015-16 than in 2014-15.

Environment convener Lesley Hinds said: “Obviously, updates to the system have been something of a culture change for those involved. But I’m pleased to see that, now it has bedded in, residents are really taking to recycling responsibly and reducing the amount of waste we send to landfill.

“We now want to see a similar uptake across the city’s tenements and flats, which are served by communal bins, and we are working hard to increase recycling provision and to make facilities as easy to access as possible.”

An interactive map to help residents locate communal recycling and landfill bins near their homes is due to be launched in June.

There is also an ongoing audit of recycling resources for communal properties, and the ‘grouping’ of recycling and landfill bins near tenements.

The council hopes that its drive to increase recycling will see the city-wide rate rise to 44.4% by the end of this year.

In April, the council announced it was withdrawing from commercial waste collections from July because it was losing money.

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