An update on the latest arrangements for garden waste collection have kindly been passed on by our Ward Councillors.
The process is as follows.
- The new service starts from Monday 8 October 2018.
- Permits and calendars will be posted to residents the week beginning 24 September.
- Residents who have not signed up but use any of our kerbside or box collection services will also be sent a letter with information about the next registration window and a new calendar as they may have a change to their bin collection days.
- Tiphereth customers who have signed up will continue to have weekly garden waste collections. Tiphereth will provide these residents with a year’s supply of tags to attach to their garden waste bags.
- The last free collection of garden waste will be on Friday 5 October. Residents who have not signed up for the service should check their current calendars for their last collection before this date. For some residents their last garden waste collection may be as early as 17 September.
- The next registration window opens at 9am, 1 October and closes at 12pm, 16 October.
- Residents who have not signed up are encouraged to compost their waste or take it to one of our recycling centres.
- They can also book a special uplift for their garden waste for £35 for up to 28 bags of waste.
New Registration window
- The next registration window for garden waste opens at 9am, 1 October – 12pm 16 October.
- The fortnightly garden waste service costs £25 and provides a permit which will be valid until 6 October 2019.
- The quickest and easiest way to sign up is on our website.
- Residents without access to the internet at home can use the self-serve kiosks at our locality offices, internet at libraries or register by phone. For online registration, residents will need to register for a MyGov account first if they do not already have one.
- Customers who can’t register online can pay in cash or card at Locality offices. They can also call on 0131 608 1100 (option 1, then option 9). Additional staff are being brought in to support this service.
- Residents who receive Council Tax Reduction (formerly called Council Tax Benefit) do not need to pay for the service, however they still need to register to receive it. Other exemptions such as single occupancy discount do not qualify for free garden waste collections.
- The registration period will be supported by an awareness campaign.
- Customers who missed the first window have been able to ‘register an interest’ and will be sent email reminders when the new window opens. Frequently asked questions will be reviewed and updated on our website as required. Information for residents is available on our website.
- Once residents have registered it will take 6 – 8 weeks for us to add them to our collection routes and send a garden waste permit before we can start emptying their bin. This includes a 14-day cooling off period which we need to legally factor in.
- Another registration window will be available for residents to sign up from 4 – 19 February 2019.
The South West Locality has been looking at a better structure for the local Environment Walkabouts. This is where local community bodies get together and look at what potential environmental improvements might be considered. The proposal will remove "service" issues from the discussions which will be held twice* a year and concentrate on reviewing areas in the community where money might be better spent making an area more attractive.
Colinton Community Council wishes to work with the various constituted bodies in Colinton as well as community members to examine what we can do to make Colinton a better place.
All suggestions will be considered, so please get in touch.
* It is possible that this may only occur once a year unless suggestions come forward on areas to improve.