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Edinburgh City Council Midlothian

Missed Us First Time Round? Another Chance to Have Your Say on Zero Waste Plans

29 September 2010

Zero Waste: Edinburgh and Midlothian has been running a series of public consultation events on proposals to build a residual waste treatment facility on a derelict site near Millerhill in Midlothian.   We recently extended this consultation period and will be hosting three more public events, beginning tomorrow, where members of the public can come and view proposals and talk to the project team.

Event details are as follows;
- Danderhall Community Centre, Newtonchurch Road, Danderhall, EH22 1LU, Thursday 30 September from 5.30pm to 8pm and Saturday 2 October from 12pm to 3pm.

- Fairfield House, 8 Lothian Rd, Dalkeith, EH22 3ZP, Thursday 14 October from 6pm to 8pm.

An application will be made for planning permission in principle for this site following the completion of the environmental impact assessment and the public consultation. 

Councillor Russell Imrie, Cabinet Member for Strategic Services in Midlothian Council, encourages anyone with an interest to come along to one of these events, particularly those who may have not made it to an event first time round; "This is a great opportunity to be able to come and see the proposals and talk to the experts one on one.  We want to make sure everyone who has an interest has the opportunity to make comments to us and have any questions they might have 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.

For more information on the project please visit www.zerowastefuture.com

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.zerowastefuture.com