Remove or recycle?
Plots can be full of old rubbish. Sheds beyond repair, glass windows, shopping trollies, tangled balls of netting, broken bricks, corrugated iron, buckets with holes—at times it can seem never ending.
We currently enjoy a weekly Council rubbish collection from the communal bin at the main gate. This service is free and so long as we don't allow the bin to overflow, fill it with the wrong stuff and keep the area around it clear, it will continue. We are in the enviable position, thanks to plot holders sticking to the guidelines, of having a really great service.
If you have something too big or inappropriate for the communal bin, you must arrange to remove it from the site yourself. The wonderful city dump at Seafield, open to cars seven days a week, will take most items: Edinburgh city dump information and opening times.
Recycle what you can. Can you mend that old fence? Or find a way of re-using a pile of ancient bricks? Send us your recycling tips/photos for the website.
The next Recycling Day TBC
Simply display equipment in guaranteed working order, plants, useful materials such as bricks/wood etc at the gate of your own plot.
Borrow a flag from the cottage (use your main gate key) to signal your location on the day.
Clearly identify your give-aways, eg attach a scrap of paper with Sunday Swap written on it.
Plotholders will know that items labelled at gates on that day can be taken away whether the plotholder is around or not.
Very important: only remove labelled items.
Don't leave give-aways at the main gate, around the bin, or in any other public space in the allotments.
If your give-aways are not taken you could try again. Failing that, they will have to be recycled elsewhere. Appropriate items can be put in the communal bin or taken to an Edinburgh City
Return your borrowed flag to the cottage when the swap is over.