Edinburgh residents can now recycle plastic bottles and old batteries using the council's kerbside pick-up. From this Monday, 31 January, plastic bottles will be picked up from the red kerbside boxes while batteries will be picked up from the blue kerbside boxes for recycling.

It may not feel like Spring, but for gardeners the growing season is almost upon us. It means that garden waste collections become fortnightly from March. To mark the occasion the City of Edinburgh Council has been giving away free bags of compost made from recycled garden waste. The first giveaway was yesterday at Fox Covert Primary School in Corstorphine, with further compost give-aways planned today and later.

Edinburgh woke up to a city in white this morning (see photographs). Travellers had to reschedule plans, traffic delays were common, refuse pick-up stopped, schools and recycling centres were closed, and bus timetables knocked out.

The City of Edinburgh Council has won two Green Apple Awards for environmental projects. The awards will be presented at a ceremony at the House of Commons, Westminster on 17 November, when top winners will also have their chance to go to the next round and represent the UK in an event in Brussels - the European Business Awards for the Environment.

As of this morning (Monday 27 July), the City of Edinburgh Council has contracted an external company to collect the City's trade waste.

Real Nappy Week just ended in Scotland on the 3rd May. We're now into Compost Awareness Week (3-9 May), the ninth of its kind, as part of an ongoing drive to get people to recycle organic waste from their garden and kitchen into compost.

Scottish Environment week sees five days of popular eco-awareness raising events and green business orientated meet-ups.

The Scottish Government published its Climate Change Bill yesterday. The Bill lays out a legal framework for ambitious reductions of Scottish greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) of 80% below 1990 levels* by 2050.

Edinburgh has been praised for its green credentials in a round-up of the world's most sustainable cities.

One aspect of living in a windy city such as Edinburgh is that disposable plastic bags are always on the loose.