Albert Street – concept testing

Text and photos are from a PDF issued by Edinburgh Council.

Please could local residents feedback on the success or otherwise of the following scheme to planning.lccc@leithcentralcc.co.uk.

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A concept testing for the communal bin review project has been implemented in Albert Street to test the project aims:

  1. Increase and improve recycling services to residents in multi-occupancy and flatted properties providing fully integrated waste and recycling service (each location aiming to have residual waste, recycling, food waste and glass)
  2. Review the existing bin locations to develop more formalised collection hubs to improve the perception of the service and enhance the streetscape
  3. Improve overall recycling performance, customer satisfaction and service reliability

Scope

The concept testing includes all the properties and locations in Albert Street excluding two locations: 1 Buchanan Street and recycling point at South Sloan Street as per map and pictures below.

Buchanan Street at the corner with Albert Street

Buchanan Street at the corner with Albert Street

Recycling Point at South Sloan Street

Recycling Point at South Sloan Street

1 – Increase and improve recycling services

Recycling bins

Before the roll out, there were 4 mixed packaging/mixed recycling bins and 4 paper recycling bins at 4 locations (in blue the paper bins and green the packaging bins).

After the roll out, now there are 29 mixed recycling bins at 15 locations.

Food waste bins

Before the roll out, there were 6 x 500L food waste bins at 6 locations.

After the roll out, there are now 15 x 240L wheeled bin with housing food waste bins.

Glass bins

Before the roll out the glass could be recycled at the junction with Leith Walk and at the recycling point in South Sloan Street.

After the roll out there are 14 x 360L glass bin contained in a housing, 1 x 660L bin and the recycling point at the South Sloan Street.

The new glass facility provided to nearly all 15 locations is a 360L wheeled bin contained in a housing secured to the ground (see pictures further down the documents).

Waste and recycling capacity

In the below table it is possible to see the capacity provided until spring 2018 of each waste and recycling stream for each property. The number of properties in Albert Street is 538.

Capacity of each waste and recycling stream BEFORE the roll out (2017)  Non-recyclable waste  Packaging  Paper  Glass  Food waste  Total waste and recycling capacity per property 
1280 1280 1280 360 500
(L)  (L)  (L)  (L)  (L) 
Number of bins  44 4 4 1 6
Frequency of collection (per week)  2 2 1 1 1
Capacity provided (L/week) 209 19 10 0.7 6 245

In 2018 Albert Street has been part of the Zero Waste Leith trial area which has been monitored to assess if the increased collection frequency (from twice a week to every other day collection) would prevent overflowing bins. Results from this monitoring programme are presented in the Zero Waste Leith (ZWL) increase frequency trial monitoring report.

Capacity of each waste and recycling stream BEFORE the roll out (2017)  Non-recyclable waste  Packaging  Paper  Glass  Food waste  Total waste and recycling capacity per property 
1280 1280 1280 360 500
(L)  (L)  (L)  (L)  (L) 
Number of bins  44 4 4 1 6
Frequency of collection (per week)  3.5 2 1 1 1
Capacity provided (L/week) 209 19 10 0.7 6 245

With the implementation of the concept testing in Albert Street the capacity for each waste and recycling streams have been re-adjusted.

Capacity of each waste and recycling stream AFTER the roll out (2017)  Non-recyclable waste  Packaging  Glass  Food waste  Total waste and recycling capacity per property 
1280 1280 360 500
(L)  (L)  (L)  (L) 
Number of bins  24 29 15 6
Frequency of collection (per week)  3 2 1 1
Capacity provided (L/week) 171 138 11 7 327

The tables and images show there has been a shift from provision of non-recyclable waste bins to recycling, food waste and glass facilities. The recycling capacity provided prior to the roll out was 29L per week per property (combined Packaging and Paper) and after the roll out the capacity has increased to 138L per week per property.

The glass provision was nearly absent with less than 1L per week per property excluding the recycling point at South Sloan Street, and this has increased to a 10L per week per property.

The food waste bins capacity has not increased significantly but the distribution of the food waste bins along the street has made it easier to recycle this.

The 240L food waste bin with the housing has been chosen also considering the Changeworks “Edinburgh Communal Recycling Consultation” report on which it has been assessed that food waste recycling was the least recycled material out of all materials surveyed. This is due to the design and access of food waste bins as the ageing 500L food waste bins are seen as unhygienic and unpleasant to use.

500L food waste bin

240L food waste bin housing secured to the ground

Non-recyclable waste bins

Before the roll out of the concept testing in Albert Street there were 44 non-recyclable waste distributed to 22 locations.

After the roll out of the concept text there are 24 non-recyclable waste bins in 15 locations.

There has been a significant shift from non-recyclable waste bin provision to recycling facilities. This is to ensure residents have recycling facilities for all materials at the same location as the non-recyclable waste. Residents do not need to walk to different location to dispose of their glass, food waste and recycling and they do not need to walk further than they would walk to dispose of their non-recyclable waste.

2- Review the existing bin locations to develop more formalised collection hubs to improve the perception of the service and enhance the streetscape

Overall number of locations

Prior to the concept testing, Albert Street counted 22 locations for bins. After the new layout has been implemented the number of location has decreased to 15, with a reduction of 30%.

Overall number and type of bins

Nearly every one of the 15 locations has the fully integrated waste and recycling service including at least: 1 x 1280L non-recyclable waste bin, 1 x 1280L mixed recycling bin, 1 x 240L food waste bin and 1 x 360L glass bin.

As part of the concept testing, one of the aims was, where possible, to provide a permanent location to all waste and recycling facilities to prevent bins being moved to other locations and create more formalised hubs. This has been achieved with the installation of bull bars. An example is shown in the picture below.

The Zero Waste Leith trial highlighted some operational issues including bins blocked by parked cars. To mitigate those issues measures such as line painting with “keep clear” and bull bars to provide permanent locations for the waste and recycling bins have been implemented. Moreover some street signage have been installed along the street to prevent double parking (see picture below).

To enhance the streetscape and improve the aesthetic of the overall street, where suitable, the waste and recycling bins have been moved from the pavement to the road. Consideration has also been given to parking requirements to ensure the new hubs would have the minimum impact possible on parking spaces for residents. For this reason some of the waste and recycling facilities have still been located on the pavement ensuring those are secured to the ground to prevent their movement and consequent potential hazard to pavement users.

Couple of example are shown below:

1 Albert Street before and after.

 

52 Albert Street

The Zero Waste Leith monitoring trial also identified that the configuration of the bin layout – side by side – can restrict access to the bins by residents.

An example can be seen for the location at 2 Albert Street in the below pictures.

At this location there were 4 non-recyclable waste bins that could not be accessed from the front. This used to cause the 2 bins at the extremities to be overflowing and the other 2 in the middle to not be used.

The location now has the fully integrated waste and recycling service. The 3 x 1280L bins for non- recyclable and mixed recycling are facing the pavement so the bins can properly be used by residents to dispose of their waste and recycling.

3 – Improve overall recycling performance, customer satisfaction and service reliability

In the next months the concept testing will be monitored through the use of the bin sensors and with visual and bin fill level checks for both non-recyclable and mixed recycling bins. Monitoring for non-recyclable and mixed recycling bins have been carried out in 2018 as part of the Zero Waste Leith trial and this will be the baseline to assess recycling performance and service reliability.

Customer satisfaction will be assessed by Changeworks who have been commissioned to conduct a door-knocking face to face and online survey around April/May.

Moreover, the Waste Compliance Team have been involved to prevent and monitor the abuse of residential waste and recycling facilities by businesses. During the last 5 weeks, 13 business premises in Albert Street have been visited for Waste Compliance Inspections recently and are deemed to be waste compliant. Enforcement action by way of a Fixed Penalty Notice has also been taken against a takeaway premises on Albert Place, for the illegal disposal of trade waste in a communal bin on Albert Street. At the same time, the business was also found to not have a suitable waste contract in place. This is currently an ongoing case with the business now partially compliant.






















 

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