Council and fire service offer waste amnesty before Bonfire Night

Monday October 2nd 2023

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Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

Local residents in some areas of Midlothian will be able to book a free collection of flammable items such as furniture, carpets and mattresses.

To book or report items to be uplifted call 0131 561 5284. Lines open on Friday 6 October.

The service is an annual joint initiative between the council and emergency services to cut down the number of fires started deliberately in the run up to Bonfire Night.
It runs in areas that historically have the highest levels of deliberate fire raising in Midlothian – Dalkeith/Woodburn, Mayfield/Easthouses and Gorebridge.

Bookings are on a first come, first served basis for collections on:
– Monday 23 October – Dalkeith/Woodburn
– Tuesday 24 October – Dalkeith/Woodburn
– Wednesday 25 October – Mayfield/Easthouses
– Thursday 26 October – Mayfield/Easthouses
– Friday 27 October – Gorebridge
– Saturday 28 October – Gorebridge

Soiled items should be wrapped before being collected.

Items that are not accepted include:
– Fridges
– Cookers
– Freezers
– Washing machines
– Dish washers
– Tumble dryers
– Bathroom suites
– Coal boxes
– Asbestos

The council’s unpaid work team do the pick-ups. 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.

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.

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