Edinburgh City Council has found businesses in the city are breaking disposal rules by putting their waste in communal bins.
The local authority visited 406 companies in the city and found more than half (215) did not have the correct waste collection contracts in place.
Further investigation revealed that some communal bins meant for residents were full of trade waste, resulting in overflowing rubbish.
A detailed inspection of one bin at Bernard Street found 75% of its contents to be trade waste (pictured).
The investigation led to officers identifying five companies, each of which has been issued a £200 fixed penalty notice.
A further three bins were examined by waste compliance officers, two on the corner of Balfour Street and Leith Walk and one across the road from this, and were revealed to be 40-50% full of trade waste.
The council says five more businesses will now receive fixed penalty notices.
Transport and environment convener Lesley Hinds said: “Communal bins are meant for residents’ household waste, so it is unacceptable that businesses are abusing the system, which undoubtedly results in overflowing bins, litter and fly-tipping.
“That’s why this campaign aims to provide information and advice to businesses in order to ensure they have the right waste collection arrangements in place, as well as penalising those that continue to break the rules.”
Officers will continue analysing bin contents throughout December to identify any trade waste.
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