Bins outside Nicola Sturgeon’s official Edinburgh home Bute House are collected by waste firm

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Rubbish at Nicola Sturgeon’s official residence is being collected by taxpayer-funded contractors, even as rat-infested rubbish dumps in Scotland’s cities as a result of ongoing strikes by garbage collectors.

The Scottish government has a £43 million contract with Mitie, which collects waste from 70 public buildings, including Bute House in Charlotte Square, Edinburgh.

But elsewhere in the Scottish capital and other cities, mountains of waste are piling up.

Despite the crisis, Miss Sturgeon will be at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for the fifth time today.

The prime minister, who was accused of ‘sleeping at the wheel’ last week when she opened an ’embassy’ in Copenhagen, will interview actor Brian Cox on a show, The Lion of Dundee.

Talks aimed at finally ending the strike chaos in Scotland are expected to end on the fifth day, despite growing hopes of a new wage offer.

Rubbish at Nicola Sturgeon's official residence is being collected by taxpayer-funded contractors, even as rat-infested rubbish dumps in Scotland's cities as a result of ongoing strikes by garbage collectors.  The Scottish government has a £43 million contract with Mitie, which will collect waste from 70 public buildings, including Bute House (pictured last week) in Charlotte Square, Edinburgh

Rubbish at Nicola Sturgeon’s official residence is being collected by taxpayer-funded contractors, even as rat-infested rubbish dumps in Scotland’s cities as a result of ongoing strikes by garbage collectors. The Scottish government has a £43 million contract with Mitie, which will collect waste from 70 public buildings, including Bute House (pictured last week) in Charlotte Square, Edinburgh

Despite the crisis, Miss Sturgeon makes her fifth appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival today

Despite the crisis, Miss Sturgeon makes her fifth appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival today

Despite the crisis, Miss Sturgeon makes her fifth appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival today

Discussions with the umbrella council group Cosla continued over the weekend over a possible new offer that could finally end the dispute.

Sources said the Scottish government was willing to put money on the table to facilitate an offer from Cosla that would meet union demands of at least £1,925 extra for each worker.

Officials also confirmed there had been “constructive” discussions and council leaders discussed a “potential proposal.”

But there was no confirmation of a new offer last night.

It comes as the strike of the Edinburgh garbage collectors comes to an end tomorrow.

Garbage is also piling up in other parts of Scotland hit by the latest strikes, including Glasgow.

Scottish Conservative local government spokesman Miles Briggs said: ‘The news that talks over the council’s payment have not led to a resolution again today will be a huge blow to people and businesses across the country.

“Edinburgh is already overflowing with garbage and garbage from these strikes – and cities across the country will soon be heading in the same direction.

Elsewhere in the Scottish capital and other cities, waste is piling up.  Above: Glasgow city center yesterday

Elsewhere in the Scottish capital and other cities, waste is piling up.  Above: Glasgow city center yesterday

Elsewhere in the Scottish capital and other cities, waste is piling up. Above: Glasgow city center yesterday

“Years of brutal SNP cuts to local government budgets are at the heart of this nationwide dispute, and the longer these strikes last, the harder the cleanup will be.”

He added: “The SNP government must stop shirking responsibility, sit down with councils and unions and get this situation under control.”

Talks continue after the latest 5 per cent pay rise was rejected by unions, who are pushing for council workers to get the same deal as other parts of the UK.

It is clear that council leaders are trying to strike a deal that would see each employee receive at least an additional £1,925, meaning lower-paid staff would receive much more than 5 percent.

A Scottish government spokesman said: “Following constructive discussions in recent days, we are aware that Cosla has held a meeting with leaders of local authorities to discuss a potential proposal.

A row of 100 feet of overflowing bins and piles of rubbish in the Calton area of ​​Edinburgh on Friday

A row of 100 feet of overflowing bins and piles of rubbish in the Calton area of ​​Edinburgh on Friday

A row of 100 feet of overflowing bins and piles of rubbish in the Calton area of ​​Edinburgh on Friday

“It would not be appropriate for the Scottish Government to comment further than to encourage both sides to continue seeking a fair resolution to this dispute.”

A Cosla spokesperson said: “We are not commenting on leaks – we are continuing to actively engage with union colleagues.”

Over the weekend, rubbish continued to pile up on the streets of Edinburgh as the festivals drew to a close.

The current strike in Edinburgh will end at 5 p.m. tomorrow, when street cleaning and bin collection resume.

Residents are told to take out their bins normally and that additional rubbish will be collected if it is bagged and placed next to bins or communal bins.

Edinburgh councilor Cammy Day said: ‘I regret the impact this national crisis has had on our capital and I continue to urge the Scottish Government to fund an acceptable settlement.

“Talks will continue this weekend and I am hopeful that we can come to an agreement and avoid further disruption.

“I fully respect the right of our colleagues to take this action and make their voices heard.

“As a union member, I have joined the picket lines in support of fair pay for our workforce and will do so again.

“This dispute has brought into sharp focus the value of our waste and sanitation teams – and their right to fair wages – and I’m delighted to have them back from Tuesday, helping our city get back to its best.

“While they will work hard to catch up with collections and do everything they can to clean up litter, it will take some time for things to return to normal.

“Be patient and if you can safely store your extra waste a little longer or make an appointment at a recycling center, please do so.”

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