Council and Emergency Services tackle Waste Amnesty

Monday October 5th 2020

Fire engine


Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

Midlothian Council is once again working with local Emergency Services to offer free uplift of combustible materials, in a bid to cut down the number of fires started deliberately in the run up to Bonfire Night.

As well as being a danger to individuals, homes and communities, unauthorised bonfires can unnecessarily divert the Fire and Rescue Service from dealing with other, more pressing emergencies.

The initiative will run from Monday 26 October – Saturday 31 October, local COVID lockdown restrictions permitting, with collections being carried out by the Unpaid Work Team. The team is made up of people who have been issued a Community Payback Order from the Court, giving them the chance to give back to local communities.

The service will operate in areas which have historically had the highest levels of deliberate fire raising in Midlothian – Dalkeith/Woodburn, Mayfield/Easthouses and Gorebridge – and will be on a first come first served basis.

Monday 26 October – Dalkeith/Woodburn

Tuesday 27 October – Dalkeith/Woodburn

Wednesday 28 October – Mayfield/Easthouses

Thursday 29 October – Mayfield/Easthouses

Friday 30 October – Gorebridge

Saturday 31 October – Gorebridge

The uplift opportunity allows residents to report public areas where combustible items need to be collected, as well as ordering the free uplift of specific flammable items from their homes such as furniture, carpets and mattresses. Anything that has been soiled should be wrapped before pick up.

Items that cannot be accepted include fridges, freezers, cookers, washing machines, dish washers, tumble dryers, bathroom suites, coal boxes and asbestos.

This week is being jointly promoted by Midlothian Council, Midlothian Community Safety and Justice Partnership, Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

Booking for the service will be open from Wednesday 7 October – Wednesday 14 October inclusive. To report or book items for uplift, please telephone 0131 561 5284, Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm and Friday 9am – 4pm.

The Unpaid Work Team will make every effort to carry out the Waste Amnesty as advertised, but this may change at short notice if COVID restrictions do not allow the project to continue safely. Any necessary changes will be advertised on the Midlothian Council website.

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