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Edinburgh City Council Midlothian

First Towards Zero Waste Conference Hailed as Great Success

05 November 2009

Zero Waste: Edinburgh and Midlothian, last week played host to representatives of the waste industry as well as key Government agencies and other local authorities. The first ever Towards Zero Waste conference was held in the City Chambers, Edinburgh and was completely over subscribed as the waste management industry descended on Edinburgh to hear of the regions plans to implement a Zero Waste Future.

Councillor Robert Aldridge, Environment Leader at the City of Edinburgh Council, said; "We are committed to the Scottish Government's vision of a Zero Waste Scotland and it was very encouraging to see the interest in the project coming from all over the UK. We wanted to send out the message that we are very serious about the future of waste treatment and we have put together an experienced project team and group of advisers that will deliver a sustainable and value-for-money treatment solution for Edinburgh and Midlothian. The industry has responded very positively and we look forward to working with them in the coming months."

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, Richard Lochhead, said: "The Towards Zero Waste Conference showed Edinburgh and Midlothian's commitment to working in partnership to progress the vision of a Zero Waste Scotland. This is a significant project for Scotland and I was pleased to see the interest the project has stirred in the waste industry around the fourth 'r' in 'reduce, reuse, recycle; recovery'. I look forward to hearing about the progress of the project."

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Notes to Editors;
Zero Waste: Edinburgh and Midlothan is a joint project between the two Councils, which has been 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.

Whilst both Councils continue year on year to increase their recycling rates, a treatment facility is required to deal with the residual municipal waste. Residual municipal waste is the household and commercial waste, collected by Councils, which is left over after all reasonable efforts have been made to reduce, reuse, recycle or compost it. For more information on Zero Waste, Edinburgh and Midlothian please visit www.edinburgh.gov.uk