Wester Hailes’ Big Cleanup

Local volunteers, housing associations and teams from the council’s housing, parks and green spaces, waste and cleaning departments worked together on a community clean-up in Wester Hailes and North Edinburgh during the last fortnight.

Together, they collected more than 125 trash bags, 13 truckloads of trash and discarded items, and seven dumpsters during their big cleanup. Greenery was cut, 200 bulbs were planted and the Union Canal towpath near Wester Hailes was cleaned up with the help of young people from RC High School in St Augustine. They were also joined by local police and supported by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

Many items collected had been illegally discarded by dumpsters.

During the cleanup, crews also removed discarded items from stairwells that could have posed a fire hazard and advised local residents on the best ways to dispose of their unwanted items.

The action weeks follow the success of a similar event in Craigmillar earlier this year.

Jane Meagher, Housing, Homelessness and Fair Work Councilor, said: ‘So many local community groups, organizations and volunteers have been involved in the cleanups in Wester Hailes and North Edinburgh, and they have does a terrific job. The before and after results are clear and I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who participated.

“Council officers work hard all year to keep common areas and green spaces clean and tidy, but cleanups are a great way for communities and partners to come together to address waste and landfill issues. .

“Wester Hailes and Pennywell are the two areas we have prioritized for capital investment for many years. It’s great to see so many new modern affordable homes being built next to schools, health centers, stores and green space for people to enjoy as part of our 20 Minute Neighborhood Strategy.

“These events are coordinated by Places for People, Prospect Community Housing and the Council’s housing operations team, supported by waste and cleanup and parks and green space officers. We also thank our business partners Mitie, GasCall, Robertson Homes, ISS, Belac, ID Verde and Premier One for their important role in supporting these initiatives.

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