FLYTIPPING and graffiti may no longer be tackled by the city council as it attempts to slash £90 million from its budget.
THE bill for battling the big freeze in Edinburgh is set to spiral to £3.5 million, it emerged today.
THE cost of collecting Edinburgh's rubbish is among the highest in Scotland, adding fuel to calls to privatise the service.
THE number of litter fines dished out in the Capital has almost doubled to more than 100 a month following a council crackdown.
THE theory that the longer you do something the better you become at it seems not to apply to politicians.
AS the saying goes – if you want something done right, do it yourself.
ALMOST one in three of the city's bin men have phoned in sick for the last two days, with the "stress" of the ongoing bin dispute being blamed.
A NEW crackdown has been launched that will see shops and restaurants handed £50 fines for putting trade waste out at the wrong time.
MORE than two thirds of city bin men want a full strike in protest about the impact the council's pay reform will have on them.
THE prospect of more bin chaos on the Capital's streets was growing today with fears bin men are set to rebel and oppose the pay deal on the table.
CLAIMS that the bin dispute has been resolved in the city are "premature", union leaders have said.
THE Capital's streets may be running with rubbish rather than blood, but the bin dispute is turning nasty.
AN ARMY of private contractors today went to work to clear the city's streets as Edinburgh's bin dispute escalated. The Capital is expecting up to 20,000 visitors for the Gathering this weekend, as part of the city's Homecoming Scotland events.
A DISPUTE involving council binmen could pose a growing health hazard, politicians warned today.
ANGRY residents who have been waiting three weeks to have their bins emptied today claimed there was a "class divide" after it emerged the street which houses the council director in charge of waste disposal has not had a single missed collection.
BINMEN cleared piled-up rubbish from a city street after a resident phoned the council to say it would be appearing on a national TV show – but left bins overflowing just 50 yards away.
BRITAIN in Bloom judges will be arriving in Edinburgh to grade the city's parks and gardens in the midst of a potential bin strike, it has emerged.
THEIR antisocial behaviour and reputation as litter louts have made them among the most notorious of city residents.