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Edinburgh City Council Midlothian

Engaging with the local community

Extensive community engagement took place from November 2009 to October 2010 as part of the application for Planning Permission in Principle.

All interested parties had the opportunity to comment on Zero Waste by attending the organised events or writing to Midlothian Council as the planning authority.

Six public exhibitions were held, where we made ourselves available to discuss the proposals and answer questions from the public.

Invite letters to these events were sent to residents, businesses and community councils in the local area. Wider advertising of these events was carried out in the local press across Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian.  Community Councils and other statutory bodies were also contacted to discuss the proposals. Feedback was compiled using all comments received.

Further community events were held when further detailed applications were made by the successful contractors.

Food waste treatment plant

Alauna Renewable Energy (ARE) held two public events to provide more information about its proposed food waste treatment plant following its appointment as preferred bidder.

ARE sent invite letters to these events to residents, businesses and community councils in the local area. Wider advertising was carried out in the Midlothian press and online using both Zero Waste's project website and ARE's project website.  Community Councils and other statutory bodies were also contacted to discuss the proposals. Feedback was compiled using all comments received.

Survey of Edinburgh and Midlothian residents

Keep Scotland Beautiful conducted a survey of Edinburgh and Midlothian residents in 2010 on behalf of Zero Waste.

A representative population of 455 respondents were interviewed on a number of subject areas including current reduce, reuse and recycle activity, opinion relating to the proposed Zero Waste Parc and attitudes about waste treatment technologies.

The main findings were:


A copy of the survey results is available to download