Businesses in Edinburgh will no longer benefit from council run trade waste collections
The City of Edinburgh Council has announced that it is pulling the plug on its commercial waste collection service following a review of the costs.
The council has stopped sales of its commercial waste refuse sacks and cardboard stickers with immediate effect, but trade waste collections will continue until July 2016, after which Edinburgh businesses will be required to hold a waste collection contract with a licensed waste management business.
Edinburgh council made the decision following a review of its 2016/17 budget. According to the council’s report, cancelling the trade waste collections at non-council buildings will help the council meet its budget, as the service “does not make enough money to cover its running costs”.
The announcement comes just months after the council stopped accepting commercial waste at its recycling centres. The council claimed that accepting trade waste at its household recycling centres was costing £794,000 per year, despite local businesses paying for the service, and that the extra influx of waste was too ‘resource intensive’.
The council says that private sector companies are in a stronger position to “provide the level of service that businesses require in the modern market”. Additionally, cancelling the trade waste service will allow the council to focus on domestic services, as savings of £500,000 are expected to be made in 2016/17 due to the cut.
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