Council bosses have blamed 6,000 complaints about overflowing bins around Edinburgh on the “explosion” of Airbnb-style short term lets in the Scottish capital.

Refuse collections have been stepped up to three times a week in some parts of the city centre and the south, after there was a 13% increase in complaints during the summer months compared to last year.

There are currently more than 11,000 Edinburgh listings on Airbnb with more homes in the city available for short term lets than for traditional private rental.

The city council has backed a Government licensing regime, and would use the proposed tourist tax, if introduced, to improve services affected by an increase in visitors including roads or waste collections.

Trade body the Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers has defended the sector and blames the issues on “inadequate provision in a modern city” with little provision for clear recycling services.

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