One collection vehicle out of service may be regarded as a misfortune but five at once looks like carelessness, although Edinburgh Council may disagree.
Waste in the city piled up in the large domestic communal waste bins used for tenement buildings, as five of the citys specialist vehicles were out of action. They were either being serviced as part of essential maintenance or had broken down.
The large black communal bins can only be emptied by specific vehicles with lifting gear designed to pick them up. The council was unable to borrow substitutes from other areas because the bin design is specific to Edinburghs tenements, a council spokeswoman explained.
She said: We tried to get them fixed as quickly as possible. It was just bad luck that five were out of service at the same time, which led to a backlog in collections.
The council used the vehicles that were still working to do double shifts to collect the backlog.
The local press reported problems in the Polwarth, Daly, Marchmont and Morningside areas of the city.
As MRW went to press, the council confirmed that one of the vehicles had returned to service.
Image: Tenement buildings in Edinburgh have their own communal waste bins