E-Citizen newsletter December

Here is my latest e-Citizen newsletter.

Christmas and New Year - information and updates

With just a few days to go until Christmas, I would like to provide some information and updates for the festive season. 

I hope the following is helpful.

Bin collections

If your bin day is a Friday, please note there will be no recycling or waste collections on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day.  Instead, put your bins out on Monday 28 December and 4 January.  You can read more here.

Recycling tips for Christmas here.

Christmas tree recycling

The Council will collect Christmas trees for recycling on your January garden waste collection day. You are asked to:

  • remove its base and decorations
  • place it inside your bin if possible and close the lid
  • if your tree doesn’t fit easily inside the bin, please leave it beside the bin
  • trees over 6ft must be cut in half.

You can also take Christmas trees to any of the Household Waste Recycling Centres. Opening times for Recycling Centres over the festive period are here

Other Council Services

Information on other Council services at Christmas and New Year is available here.

Postal services

The last posting dates for Christmas and more information from the Royal Mail is available here.

Leisure Centres

Christmas and New Year opening times for Edinburgh Leisure operated sites are available here.

Health Services

If you think you need to visit NHS Accident & Emergency, but it's not life threatening, or you think you need to visit a Minor Injury Unit call NHS 24 on 111 first, day or night.  More information is available here.

Accident and emergency services will be available at the Royal Infirmary, the Royal Hospital for Sick Children and St John's or, for minor injuries, at the Western General minor injuries clinic.

If you have Covid symptoms, you can ring the NHS on 111.  Information on Covid is available here.

Information on emergency dental care is here.

Emergency services

As usual, you should phone 999 if you need emergency assistance over the festive period.   If you need to contact the police about a non-emergency or have a general enquiry, then dial 101.

Advice on helping people sleeping rough

Streetwork is a charity that supports people who are homeless in Edinburgh. Their team is out on the streets of Edinburgh every day and night, helping people to resolve their homelessness as quickly as possible.

Contact Streetwork if you are worried about someone you think is homeless - call freephone 0808 178 2323 or email [email protected]

Public transport

Bus services will be significantly changed over the Christmas and New Year period.  Here is a link to the revised bus timetables Lothian

Edinburgh taxi fares will be higher than normal 24-27 December and 31 December-2 January.  Full details can be found here.

Train services will be different from normal over the festive period.  You can check out train services here.


There is free parking in public parking bays on Christmas Day, Boxing day and New Year’s Day.

I hope this information is helpful.

Wishing you a joyful Christmas and a happy New Year.

Cllr Neil Ross
Liberal Democrat Councillor for Morningside Ward

E: [email protected]

M: 07738 116055

T: 0131 529 4476

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