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Edinburgh City Council Midlothian

Councils Welcome National Zero Waste Plan

09 June 2010

The City of Edinburgh and Midlothian Councils today welcomed the publication of Scottish Government's anticipated Zero Waste Plan.

Zero Waste: Edinburgh and Midlothian are currently in the process of securing a contract with the private sector to provide a residual waste treatment solution for the two Council areas.

Councillor Robert Aldridge, Environment Leader at the City of Edinburgh Council said, "We fully support the Scottish Government's aim to deliver a Zero Waste Scotland. The publication of the Zero Waste Plan reinforces the Business Case prepared by us. It allows us to go with increased confidence to the private sector, to secure a waste treatment facility, safe in the knowledge that our approach is endorsed by the Scottish Government's Plan."

Councillor Russell Imrie, Cabinet Member for Strategic Services at Midlothian Council said, "The publication of this important policy document means we can now move forward with our plans to help deliver a Zero Waste Scotland. 

"A lot of pressure has been placed on Councils to meet recycling targets and whilst we have continued to do this year on year we also acknowledge there is waste out there that simply cannot be recycled and will need to be treated.  We will deliver facilities that offer both an environmentally sound solution and value for Council tax-payers.  However, projects of this scale are costly and we will be working with the Government to help make sure support is in place to deliver these facilities."

Both Councils' waste services departments will be looking at the plan in detail in the coming weeks and will report back to their respective Councils with the intention of starting the procurement process shortly thereafter.

For more information on the Zero Waste Project please visit www.zerowastefuture.com

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Notes to Editors

Zero Waste: Edinburgh and Midlothian is a joint project between the two Councils, set up to help deliver the Scottish Government's aspiration for a Zero Waste Scotland.  The Project will work alongside and complement the extensive waste reduction, re-use and recycling activities of both Councils.