Waste amnesty removes hundreds of combustible items from homes and streets

Another successful year

Midlothian council’s unpaid work team has completed its fourth waste amnesty project in collaboration with the local fire and rescue service.

Slots were snapped up

One hundred free waste uplift slots were made available to residents of Dalkeith, Woodburn, Mayfield, Easthouses and Gorebridge and were snapped up in just a couple of days.

Cuts down deliberate fire starting

The initiative was part of a continued effort to cut down on the number of deliberate fires started in these areas in the run up to bonfire night.  By cutting down deliberate fires in areas where there has historically been a problem, it frees up fire brigade resource to attend emergencies elsewhere – helping to keep the whole of Midlothian as safe as possible.

Giving back to the community

The unpaid work team took on the work as part of their Community Payback Orders.  Over the course of six days, 405 flammable items such as sofas, chairs and carpets were collected by the team and brought to Stobhill Recycling Centre to be safely recycled.

Improving safety across Midlothian

Local area fire liaison officer, Scott Mackellar said: “The waste amnesty plays an important role in improving community safety and reducing demand for fire crews around bonfire night in Midlothian.”

More than 400 items collected

Stuart Pratt, community payback case manager, added: “The waste amnesty project has gone really well this year.  The team worked really hard to get around all the pickups and we’ve collected more than 400 items which is just fantastic.  It’s been a great team effort between us and the fire and rescue service for the wider benefit of the community.”

15 Nov 2019