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Edinburgh City Council Midlothian

Waste to Warmth for Millerhill

23 March 2010

Zero Waste: Edinburgh and Midlothian is undertaking a study into the viability of setting up a heat network near Millerhill in Midlothian. One of the main aims of the Zero Waste Project is to use waste in a more sustainable manner by treating it as a resource. Residual waste treatment facilities which could be built on a disused site in the area may be able to generate heat and/or power which could be supplied locally. This could mean cheaper heat and electricity for those living there or businesses operating in the area.

Councillor Russell Imrie, Cabinet Member for Strategic Services in Midlothian Council, has welcomed the investigations; "If we have a facility on this site with the ability to produce energy then it makes perfect sense to look at whether we will be able to use it in the local vicinity. I'm sure the residents and businesses in the area would welcome the possibility of lower utility charges."

The study is likely to take about a month, however, it will not be known whether heat and electricity will be produced on the site until a contractor is appointed to build and operate the facility. This procurement process is due to start in early Summer.

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Notes to editors

Zero Waste: Edinburgh and Midlothian is a joint project between the City of Edinburgh and Midlothian 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