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Edinburgh council drops commercial collections

City of Edinburgh Council is ending its commercial collection of waste from July because it says the charges are not covering the cost of the operation.

The council says the decision to stop the service was part of the budgetary process for the current financial year, and it “would have to increase charges substantially in what is already a competitive market”.

It is already no longer selling sacks or stickers for cardboard and will be telling customers in writing of the exact date this summer when the commercial service will end. Businesses will need to sign up to an alternative collection company.

Customers are being told that council trade waste bins will be removed immediately after the final collection date with replacements provided by the new operator.

Charities and places of worship are considered to generate household waste so they will not be affected by the change.

In November 2015, MRW reported in a special feature how the council was working with 16 private waste carriers to clear redundant or unnecessary waste bins from the city’s streets.

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