Email received by NTBCC from the Council’s Waste & Cleansing Service regarding the proposed removal of both the glass and paper recycling bins at the Tesco store on Broughton Road.
Whilst we understand and agree with the removal of the paper (‘Fibre’, blue-lidded) recycling bin here – as this isn”t consistent with either the adopted strategy of the Council for recycling of Dry Mixed Recyclables (DMR) as well as this bin often being filled with incorrect material (resulting in the contents being rejected for recycling); however, we do have significant concerns with both the proposal and timing for removal of the glass recycling bins here.
The option from the Council’s posted notice to use the 1280 litre bin at Eyre Place as an alternate recycling option for glass is unrealistic and unhelpful. The capacity avalable there is significantly less than that currently available at Tesco and isn’t a realistic alternative option.
We believe that this will result in a significant reduction in the recycling of glass in the short term.
We also question the timing of this announcement. The Council ‘s Communal Bin Hub review proposes adding the option for glass recycling at many locations nearby but this seems to have been delayed with an expected roll-out now being later in 2023.
It’s clear that the current glass recycling facility at Tesco is well-used and appreciated by local residents. We also believe that the safety concerns that have been raised by the Council could probably be managed in the short term (e.g. by using a banksman) until proper alternatives are in place.
Given that this proposed change is expected to take place on 21 August – we would appreciate any comments that residents may have on this proposal as soon as possible.
Dear Community Councillors
During a review of the glass banks at recycling bring sites around Edinburgh, the issue of safe access at the Tesco on Broughton Road was discussed. It is not possible to use the one way system due to low overhangs, and reversing out onto Broughton Road is not safe. Therefore, it is necessary to remove the glass and paper recycling banks that are located at the entrance to the Tesco. I have displayed posters at the site to advise local residents, and advised the duty manager there, as well as emailing Tesco.
When the Communal Bin Review reaches this area, there will be glass banks on street for all residents. In the meantime, there are on street glass banks within 200m, on Eyre Place.
Justine Stansfield CRWM
Project Officer | Waste and Cleansing Services | The City of Edinburgh Council | Seafield Depot | 1 Fillyside Road, Edinburgh EH7 6RD | m 07825 733 623