Council holds waste amnesty day

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In a bid to cut down on the number of fires started deliberately in the run up to bonfire night, Midlothian residents can take advantage of a free Waste Amnesty Day tomorrow (Friday).

For one day only, the waste uplift service will be provided free of charge, allowing residents to report areas where combustible items need picked up, as well as ordering the free uplift of specific flammable items from their homes.

These include furniture, carpets and mattresses. Items which cannot be accepted include fridges, freezers, cookers, washing machines, dish washers, tumble dryers, bathroom suites, coal boxes and asbestos.

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.

That’s why Waste Amnesty Day is being jointly promoted by Midlothian Council, Midlothian Community Safety Partnership and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

The waste collections will be carried out by Midlothian’s Criminal Justice Unpaid Work team, which carries out work in the local area for the benefit of the community.

To report or book items for uplift, telephone 0131 561 5284.

Residents are also advised to safely dispose of waste items properly at all times of year, to avoid illegal and unsightly fly tipping, and to use the council’s recycling centres (open from 9.30am until 4.15pm) and the special uplift service.

More details on waste collection services can be found at www.midlothian.gov.uk