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Edinburgh City Council Midlothian

Have Your Say on Zero Waste Plans

20 January 2010

Zero Waste: Edinburgh and Midlothian has been running a series of public consultation events since late last year on proposals to build a residual waste treatment facility on a derelict site near Millerhill in Midlothian. The next and final event which is open to all, will take place next Tuesday, 26 January (6pm to 8.30pm) at Danderhall Community Centre, Newtonchurch Road, Danderhall, EH22 1LU.

The disused site beside the operational marshalling yards has recently been purchased by the City of Edinburgh and Midlothian Councils.  An application will be made for planning permission in principle for this site at the end of February.  In advance of this we have been meeting with the community, their representatives and local businesses and landowners to discuss our proposals.

Councillor Russell Imrie, Cabinet Member for Strategic Services in Midlothian Council, has been encouraged by the level of interest and participation in the local community and would urge the public to come along to the next event; "It is important we hear what our residents are saying in relation to this development. We want to talk to them about our proposals and provide them with any information they need to understand what we would like to do and why.  This is a great opportunity to talk to those who are actually working on the project to find out more about it and get your questions answered."

For anyone wishing to attend, the project would be keen to hear what everyone has to say about residual waste treatment in Edinburgh and Midlothian and about the potential for using the Millerhill site to build a facility on.  Maps outlining the site and other information relating to the potential development will be on display.

For anyone who can't make it along to one of these events but would like more information on the proposals and/or to make comments they can contact the Zero Waste team on 0131 5296276 or email zerowaste@edinburgh.gov.uk

ENDS

Notes to Editors;
Zero Waste: Edinburgh and Midlothian 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