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Sustainable Camping – what is it?

sustainable campingsustainable camping2With signs of spring and hopes of summer, experienced camper Peter Byrd’s Definitive Guide to Sustainable Camping comes to us at a great time. Whether you are a daytime hill walker enjoying the Pentlands, an overnight camper or a serious wild country backpacker, Peter’s “Leave No Trace” camping principles and his “Ten Essentials of Sustainable Camping” are an invaluable guide for all of us who want to enjoy and preserve our wonderful countryside.

Be prepared this winter

Protect your pipes this winter

Follow our winter code. Heat, insulate and protect


Warmth offers the best protectionagainst frozen pipes, so when temperatures are low, leave your heating on a low setting, or set it to come on a couple of times a day.

Read more: Be prepared this winter

Garden waste collections - LATEST

An update on the latest arrangements for garden waste collection have kindly been passed on by our Ward Councillors. 

The process is as follows.

  • The new service starts from Monday 8 October 2018.
  • Permits and calendars will be posted to residents the week beginning 24 September.
  • Residents who have not signed up but use any of our kerbside or box collection services will also be sent a letter with information about the next registration window and a new calendar as they may have a change to their bin collection days.
  • Tiphereth customers who have signed up will continue to have weekly garden waste collections. Tiphereth will provide these residents with a year’s supply of tags to attach to their garden waste bags.
  • The last free collection of garden waste will be on Friday 5 October. Residents who have not signed up for the service should check their current calendars for their last collection before this date. For some residents their last garden waste collection may be as early as 17 September.
  • The next registration window opens at 9am, 1 October and closes at 12pm, 16 October.
  • Residents who have not signed up are encouraged to compost their waste or take it to one of our recycling centres.
  • They can also book a special uplift for their garden waste for £35 for up to 28 bags of waste. 

Read more: Garden waste collections - LATEST

Estate Environment Walkabout Plan

The South West Locality has been looking at a better structure for the local Environment Walkabouts. This is where local community bodies get together and look at what potential environmental improvements might be considered. The proposal will remove "service" issues from the discussions which will be held twice* a year and concentrate on reviewing areas in the community where money might be better spent making an area more attractive.

Colinton Community Council wishes to work with the various constituted bodies in Colinton as well as community members to examine what we can do to make Colinton a better place.

All suggestions will be considered, so please get in touch.

* It is possible that this may only occur once a year unless suggestions come forward on areas to improve.