Council and Emergency Services tackle Waste Amnesty

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

Working together to prevent unauthorised bonfires

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

Collections by the Unpaid Work Team 

The initiative will run from Monday 28 October – Saturday 2 November. Collections are 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.

Where the service will operate

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 28 October – Dalkeith/Woodburn (now full)

Tuesday 29 October – Dalkeith/Woodburn (now full)

Wednesday 30 October – Mayfield/Easthouses (now full)

Thursday 31 October – Mayfield/Easthouses (now full)

Friday 1 November – Gorebridge (now full)

Saturday 2 November – Gorebridge (now full)

Reporting flammable items for collection

The uplift opportunity allows residents to report public areas where combustible items need to be collected. They can also order 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.

Some items are not accepted

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

Working together

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 the service

Booking for the service opens on Monday 14 October. To report or book items for uplift, please telephone 0131 561 5284.

10 Oct 2019