For the Scottish Daily Mail, apparently unknown political parties in Edinburgh are trying to solve their refuse crisis by putting responsibility onto residents to keep the rubbish in their own homes. That might get reduce the rat population in the tourist streets by increasing it in homes. Nice.
Why should residents ignore this advice from their Labour-run council? From the International Scientific Forum on Home Hygiene, in 2015:
If waste material is not disposed of securely flies, cockroaches, rats, mice etc. can gain access and can then spread the germs to hand and food contact surfaces in the home. Hands can become contaminated whilst handling contaminated refuse. Indiscriminate disposal of household solid waste in the vicinity of the home apart from fouling the general environment, adds to fly breeding and rat/insect harbouring.https://www.ifh-homehygiene.org/factsheet/safe-disposal-household-refuse
Imagine if an SNP Council in Glasgow had tried the same tactic last year?