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Edinburgh Paper Kerbside Recycling Collection

Edinburgh 's paper kerbside recycling collection began 2 years ago and is gradually being rolled out across Edinburgh.

WHO can recycle?

Please help the City of Edinburgh Council to recycle more of YOUR waste. YOUR blue bag has been provided for you to recycle YOUR paper.

Recycling your household's old paper could save six trees every year.

Edinburgh 's households already recycle more than 10,000 tonnes of paper every year. For every tonne of paper collected in YOUR blue bag £1 will be donated to 'Save the Children'/

With YOUR help we can recycle even more.

WHAT can I recycle?

You can put the following recyclable materials into your blue bag:

  • Computer and photocopier paper
  • Junk mail
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Other white paper
  • White telephone directories
  • Yellow Pages

Please DO NOT put the following materials into your blue bag:

  • Cardboard
  • Envelopes
  • Food wrapper
  • Plastics
  • Sticky labels

Please help us to get it sorted.

Please present extra paper in a carrier bag.

Help prevent fraud- you are strongly advised to shred personal information such as bank statements, credit card bills and receipts.

Please ensure any shredded paper is underneath the newspaper and magazines to prevent it blowing about (or use a paper recycling point if you prefer).

If you lose you bag, please use a carrier bag, or let us know by calling 0131 529 3030.

HOW can I recycle?

After YOUR paper is collected, it is taken to the paper mill. It is made into a pulp, which frees the fibres and allows the ink to be removed, before being dried again and made into new sheets of newspaper.

It can be back on the shelves in less than a week!

WHEN can I recycle?

YOUR blue bag will be collected every two weeks throughout the year. PLEASE NOTE there are NO COLLECTIONS on 25 December, 1 and 2 January. Collection will take place with any additional carrier bags, two weeks later.

Please make sure your bag is out by 8 AM on your collection day.

Please leave the bag where your property meets the pavement and is visible to the collectors.

Please DO NOT cause an obstruction.


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