How Often Is The Edinburgh Waste Collection?

How Often Is The Edinburgh Waste Collection?

Find out how often your rubbish, recycling and garden waste bins are collected. What are the official days for Edinburgh waste collection and rubbish collection around the world?

Many cities offer pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) services, which vary prices based on housing type and income.

how often is bin collection


If you have a wheeled bin or refuse sack, you need to put it out for collection by 6am on your regular collection day. It should be at the edge of your property where it meets the public highway. If you need help, we can arrange for an assisted collection of the bin.

Refuse bins are used to collect waste from residential and commercial properties. They are typically made from metal and have an internal volume of one cubic yard or more.

In addition to their use for collecting refuse, these containers are also used to store recyclable items and garden waste. Many of these containers have a lid that can be opened with a foot pedal.

Unstable refuse bins have been the subject of numerous in-depth investigation reports that have resulted in injuries and deaths from tipping over. In these incidents, the victims were typically children 10 years of age or under.


Edinburgh waste collection is collected at least once a week on a Tuesday & it’s a good idea to put your waste out before 7 am on Edinburgh waste collection day, or, ideally the night before. This will ensure it’s picked up from the curb in one piece, reducing your waste bill. Don’t overfill your bin – collection vehicles won’t pick up heavy bins, so leave a little room around the rim.

The Council has also implemented a fortnightly recycling scheme, which will see you putting your green bin on the same day as your rubbish bins, which is a great improvement over the previous system. Alternatively, you can opt for a weekly brown food bin and non-recyclable Edinburgh waste collection service. It’s a good idea to use the new service as an opportunity to improve your household recycling habits, and the more you recycle, the better off we all are! The new service is available to all households in North Lincolnshire, and there’s still time to sign up.

Garden waste

Garden waste collections are fortnightly during spring, summer and autumn and monthly in winter. You can find your collection dates on the recycling calendar.

Our garden waste service costs PS40 per brown bin a year. You can opt in at any time, and the charge isn’t included in your council tax bill.

Once you’ve signed up for the service, you’ll receive a letter and a permit to apply to your brown bin. It contains your reference number & your address will be printed on it to help the crews identify which properties have signed up for the service.

To make sure the crews collect only the garden waste from your property, you must display your permit on your bin when it’s emptied. The permit is self-adhesive and should be placed on the back of your bin (handle side) as shown in the picture below. The crews will have this information in their vehicle & they can only collect garden waste from properties displaying a valid permit sticker.

Food waste

Food waste is a serious problem, with over 1.3 billion tons of edible food wasted globally each year. More than 20 per cent of this amount goes to landfills, contributing to methane emissions that trap heat in the atmosphere and cause global warming.

The good news is that there are many ways to reduce food waste and improve the environment, such as composting. This is particularly important for farmers’ fields, where food waste can be used as a soil improver that reduces the need for fertilisers.

Reducing food waste has been a focus for policymakers, businesses and citizens for years. It is a priority for the United States’ three federal agencies, as well as many state and local governments, which have signed a formal agreement with ReFED to collaborate on food waste reduction strategies.

New York City’s Sanitation Department recently launched a pilot program that automatically collects organic waste in brown bins across Queens. The bins, which residents drag to curbs, contain sensors that alert DSNY when they are full and Bluetooth technology that allows users to open them with an app or key fob.