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Edinburgh Garden Waste Kerbside Recycling Collection

Edinburgh 's garden waste recycling service began in March 2004. The scheme will gradually be rolled out throughout Edinburgh.

WHO can recycle?

Please help the City of Edinburgh Council to recycle more of YOUR waste. YOUR brown bin has been provided for YOU to recycle YOUR garden waste. An average of 20% of YOUR weekly waste is compostable and so far Edinburgh residents have helped to recycle 1,800 tonnes of garden waste.

With YOUR help we can recycle even more.

WHAT can I recycle?

You can put the following compostable materials only into your BROWN bin for recycling:

  • Flowers & plants
  • Garden weeds
  • Grass clippings
  • Hedge & shrub trimmings
  • Leaves

Please help us to get it sorted.

Please do not place any other materials into your BROWN bin.

Please put your garden waste straight into your BROWN bin and close the lid securely.

Please do not place food or other types of waste into your BROWN bin.

Please do not use plastic bags as these cannot be composted.

Please do not place any additional bags next to your BROWN bin as these will not be collected. You can recycle any extra garden waste at your local recycling centre or point.

HOW can I recycle?

After your garden waste is collected it will be taken to a central composting facility near Edinburgh. The compost produced from your garden waste will be used:

  • as a soil conditioner;
  • for land reclamation;
  • to replace peat based products.
WHEN can I recycle?

Your BROWN bin will be collected every two weeks, during the growing season, from March to November.

Please put your bin out by 7:00 am on your collection day indicated on your collection calender.

For more information, please call 0131 529 3030, or visit www.edinburgh.gov.uk or www.leep.org.uk


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