I wanted to update you on the national industrial action which is impacting on waste collection in Edinburgh. The current action will end in Edinburgh as planned tomorrow morning at 5am. It is, however, possible that it will restart on the 6th of September unless an agreement can be reached. The latest offer from the Scottish Government and COSLA was rejected by the Trade Unions as it does not match what the equivalent key workers in England have been offered.
Personally, I feel that the Trade Unions were right to reject this offer – they should not get less than staff in England. I’ve also been proud of the level of support for the staff, and also by how well people are coping in my Ward.
The Council have developed a recovery plan aimed at returning the city to normal as soon as possible after the action lifts tomorrow. From Tuesday, additional resources are being deployed to support street cleansing and communal bin collections, particularly in the city centre and other areas most affected by the strike.
Residents receiving kerbside collections are being asked to put their bins out as normal on their scheduled collection day. Extra waste will be collected during this time, if it is bagged and put next to wheelie or communal bins.
Blue box (glass) collections will continue to be suspended to allow the Council to prioritise resources elsewhere.
Household Waste and Recycling Centres will reopen from Tuesday with extended hours. Bookings can be made online as normal.
You can find full details of bin collection days, the recovery plan and advice on dealing with waste can be found on the Council website.