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Edinburgh notes waste service improvements


Edinburgh has reported “good progress” on efforts to revamp its waste service following problems last year.

In November, the city council rubber-stamped a 65-page action plan to address complaints from residents, which involved missed collections, communal bin services, fly-tipping and litter.

In response, it has increased supervision of communal bin collection services, added more night shift workers for mechanical street sweeping, and created additional resources to address fly-tipping and waiting times for bulky waste collections.

It has also identified the properties with the most missed collections and is trialling sensors in bins.

The council is developing a training programme for frontline staff, the procurement of larger food waste recycling vehicles to meet demand and a review of street cleansing routes and resources to address hotspots.

On 17 January, members of the council’s transport and environment committee will hear an update on the plan, alongside the latest Cleanliness of the City report, which found that 97% of Edinburgh’s streets were clean, improving on 92% in September and 95% in June.

Transport and environment convener Lesley Hinds said: “It is encouraging to hear that the actions within this plan are beginning to have an impact – this is exactly the kind of result we hoped to begin to see when we approved it in November.

“However, we are well aware that issues still exist across waste and cleansing, and initial improvements are no cause for complacency. We will continue to work hard to realise outstanding actions, creating a much more satisfactory, efficient service for everyone.”

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