Waste Amnesty Q & A

Why are you holding a Waste Amnesty?

Every year, the council works with fire services in a bid to cut down the number of fires started deliberately in the run up to Bonfire Night. The Fire and Rescue Service report that it successfully reduces the number of fires they are called to attend. 

What areas are covered in the Waste Amnesty?

Uplifts are available in Dalkeith/Woodburn, Mayfield/Easthouses and 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.

Why are you not offering collections in my area?

The service operates in areas which have historically had the highest levels of deliberate fire raising in Midlothian.  We have previously offered the service across Midlothian but found that overall it resulted in less items being uplifted.

How do I book?

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).

My area isn’t covered. What can I do with my bulky waste?

The council kerbside bulky waste collection service restarts from 15 October and you can book from 12 October.

Bulky waste items, and waste items not eligible for collection as part of the waste amnesty, can be taken to Stobhill Recycling Centre.

1 Oct 2020