Revealed: The '˜garden tax' sign up rates by ward

New figures show the percentage of homes eligible for garden waste collections who have signed up to continue receiving the service when the £25-a-year charge is introduced is as low as 15 or 17 per cent in certain areas.

In City Centre, just 15 per cent of those with brown bins have signed up. In Leith Walk the figure is 17 per cent and in Leith ward, represented by SNP council leader Adam McVey, it is 23 per cent.

We take a look at the ‘garden tax’ sign ups ward by ward.

The highest uptakes are in Colinton/Fairmilehead (64 per cent) and Corstorphine/Murrayfield (58 per cent).

The council has said it could potentially raise more than £1.3 million from the scheme.