The citys council has indicated it is in favour of the scheme suggested by constructor The Burrell Company for the Granton Waterfront development.
Collecting recyclables from blocks of flats has long been a problem for councils especially from upmarket estates that can be cheapened by rows of outside bins.
So the Scottish capital has expressed its interested in the Burrell proposals, which involve a ground-level chute and a lid that opens for collection.
A spokesman for the council said: This system is untried in the UK but it is a possible solution for high-density areas where it is hard to find space for bins.
It will help with the aesthetics of the development and also allow more waste to be stored than standard bins in the city.
The Burrell Company, in consortium with Waterfront Edinburgh, has received planning permission for underground refuse bins for the yet-to-be-built development.
And it has expressed a wish to introduce multimaterial recycling outlets in the same place, which the council is keen to see.