This affects 50% of homes in Edinburgh - ie those with an individual green bin. There will also be changes in collection days as rounds are re-routed to make them more efficient. To make better use of the collection vehicles there will be more double shifts; in other words collections will be made later in the day and in the evenings.(In tenement and other appropriate areas there will continue to be the large street bins.)
Comment: Overall this should save considerable sums for the council tax payer - though many will be concerned about the length of time rubbish lies in the green bins. That is partly offset by the introduction of food waste collections, already in place in many areas. Cans, glass, paper and cardboard are already collected on alternative fortnights.
On a more general note these changes are driven (one might even say limited) by Scottish Government and EU legislation - hefty landfill taxes and the requirement to recycle food waste.
For sure, recycling is a good thing, but it is difficult to see how the kerbside separation, with the extra collection journeys and the inconvenience and requirements for household space for separate receptacles, is efficient. That is especially so when separation technology (mechanical sorting to enable recycling at the depot) is much more effective than it once was.
Certainly the quality of the recycled end product will be higher with kerbside separation, but that seems to be more than offset by the number of collection vehicles touring our streets and other downsides. For example, I now have four external bins (green, garden, blue, red bins) and at least six separate internal bins (food waste, envelopes, paper (2), cardboard/glass, plastics and residual waste). Help!
PS for more about Edinburgh Council recycling and a contact number for enquires or collection issues, see here.