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11 November 2009
Zero Waste: Edinburgh and Midlothian is carrying out a series of public consultation events starting next Saturday 28 November. We want the public to tell us what they think about proposals to develop a site in the Millerhill area of Midlothian.
Both the City of Edinburgh and Midlothian Councils recently agreed to purchase a derelict site in the Millerhill area of Midlothian, on which a waste treatment facility could be built. It is not yet known what type of facility will be built as yet but bidders will be asked to come up with solutions for technology that are sustainable and value for money. Whilst the definite location of the facility will not be known until late next year public consultation will be carried out as part of the application for planning permission in principle for the Millerhill site.
Councillor Russell Imrie, Cabinet Member for Strategic Services in Midlothian Council is encouraging members of the public to get involved in decisions around how their household waste is treated: "We already know reduction, reuse and recycling is very important for the environment; but we now need to look at recovering value from what is left. This means taking the waste that usually gets sent to landfill; removing as much additional recyclable materials as possible and treating the remainder of it so it can be used to create fuel, heat or energy. Please come along to this event so you can see what types of facilities could be built and to see what the site looks like now."
For anyone wishing to attend one of the public events, 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. Public events are open to all and will take place at Danderhall Community Centre, Newtonchurch Road, Danderhall, EH22 1LU on Saturday 28 November (11am to 4pm) and Tuesday 1 December (7pm to 9pm).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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