Edinburgh CC new depot to improve waste service

Edinburgh City Council has announced the operation of a new, £9 million waste depot which will help to deliver a more resilient service for the city. 

The site at Seafield will increase efficiency by providing a single base for waste collection and street cleansing staff in the east of the city. The newly operational depot will significantly improve on existing facilities, prioritising the health and safety of employees and providing better shelter for vehicles, which will extend life expectancy and enhance day-to-day reliability.
According to the local authority, the on-site resources will also enable increased productivity by providing a tipping facility at the end of shifts, as opposed to current arrangements requiring off-site tipping.

Planning permission has been obtained for a similar resource at Bankhead in the north-west of the city, to be completed by 2018. 

Councillor Lesley Hinds, Transport and Environment convener, said: “This new facility at Seafield will not only provide a more comfortable, suitable depot for staff, but will enhance the service by simplifying route management.

“Along with the introduction of new residual and food waste-processing plants at Millerhill, investment in our portfolio of depots is essential for providing a modern, efficient waste and cleansing service.”