This information can be found on the Keep Gorgie Clean website.

​We are keen to encourage everybody to use the appropriate services for waste collection and to manage their rubbish responsibly so the Council can improve their waste service.

If you see any litter, dog waste or fly tipping in the local area, please report it by taking photos and reporting via Twitter to @edinhelp with specific location (we find this the quickest and easiest method).


Alternatively, please report it by email, phone, or using the Council's online forms:



Overflowing bins


Missed bin collections


Order an uplift (from the council £5 per item)


Dog fouling



Fly posting


Needles and syringes

Tweet @edinhelp

📧 waste@edinburgh.gov.uk

☎️ 0131-608-1100

There is an ongoing #KeepGorgieClean campaign, you can follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and contact them about these issues.



Sighthill HWRC is one of three HWRCs in Edinburgh (other two are in Seafield and Craigmillar) owned and operated by the City of Edinburgh Council.


Sighthill HWRC

Bankhead Avenue


EH11 4EA

What you can bring

To make your visit as quick and easy as possible, please separate your materials before your visit into:

  • garden waste: flowers, plants, garden weeds, grass clippings, hedge trimmings and leaves

  • bricks, rubble and loose soil

  • solid wood

  • MDF and laminates

  • packaging: empty aerosols, aluminium foil, cans, any cardboard, envelopes, food tins and plastic bottles

  • paper: magazines, newspaper, shredded paper, telephone directories and all other types of white paper

  • carpet

  • books, films, music: originals only

  • textiles and bras: all clothing, paired footwear, handbags and belts 

  • metal

  • car batteries

  • gas bottles - must be empty

  • light bulbs - only energy saving or fluorescent tubes

  • large electrical equipment: washing machines, dishwashers and cookers

  • fridges and freezers 

  • small electrical equipment: irons, hairdryers, IT or telephone equipment, tools and game consoles

  • glass jars and bottles

  • household batteries

  • mattresses

  • paint pots - paint must be dried out by adding sand, sawdust or cat litter until solid

  • tyres

  • TV and monitors

  • cooking oil 

  • household waste that cannot be recycled known as non recyclable waste.

What you cannot bring

The Council cannot accept any:

  • liquid paint - all paint must be dried out or have sand or cat litter added

  • fuels: petrols and diesel

  • explosives: fireworks, flares and airbags

  • firearms

  • fire extinguishers

  • diving bottles - for scuba diving

  • poisons

  • asbestos or materials containing asbestos

  • biological waste

  • heavy metals: mercury, thermometers and barometers

  • any commercial, trade and commercial waste.

The City of Edinburgh Council cannot accept items for re-use. Find out how to re-use household items


Find out what to do with many items on Recycle for Scotland. Find out how to safely dispose of items on the Resource Efficient Scotland website.


This information can be found on the City of Edinburgh Council website.

Reducing Your Waste in Edinburgh

There are loads of places in Edinburgh which help you avoid waste and help you to re-use things. From toy and tool libraries, to refill shops, this is a great place to start: Find out more at Zero Waste near me.

Household Items

Use the interactive Edinburgh charity shop and reuse map to find your nearest charity shop. You can also donate via the Re-use Line.


The Too Good To Waste guide is an A to Z guide of practical ways to reduce, reuse and recycle in Edinburgh.

Exchange schemes advertise items for free to reuse in your local area. Examples of exchange schemes include Edinburgh Freegle.

Food Waste

For advice on composting your unused fresh fruit and vegetables visit the Changeworks home composting website.

For tips on reducing food waste visit the Love Food Hate Waste campaign website.

Make shopping choices that help you save money and help the environment.

Take the Kitchen Canny Challenge and reduce your household's food waste.

Real Nappies

Modern reusable nappies are practical and easy to use and an eco-friendly alternative to disposable nappies. Edinburgh residents can try them out with a subsidised starter kit - visit the Changeworks real nappy website for more information.​

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