Recycling in Edinburgh

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Although Edinburgh may have a relatively low population compared to other cities in the UK, their commitment to recycling is easily equal to anything going on in England. The Edinburgh Recycling Advisory Group provides a cohesive forum for recycling discussion and planning in Edinburgh. It also provides a slightly different viewpoint for recycling throughout the UK.

 The Edinburgh Recycling Advisory Group held a series of seminars throughout 1995, including: Hazardous Household Waste and ‘Buy Recycled’ Programme & Edinburgh House Clearance, Markets for Recyclable Materials and a Save-a-Can Ferrous Recovery Seminar and a one day conference on Integrated Waste Management and the Role of Recycling and Waste Minimisation.

A major international conference is planned for 20th February in Edinburgh, which will cover paper recycling, & Edinburgh House Clearance Services more specifically quality paper recycling, the future for news and pams and mixed paper recycling, and what Edinburghs paper merchants may have to face in the future.

Waste paper price stability and Edinburghs paper recycling capacity will also be under discussion. In the second half of the conference the UK Packaging Plan will be the subject under debate; representatives from VALPAC and V-WRAG are expected to attend. Local authorities in Edinburgh have also embraced the recycling ethos enthusiastically; in 1995 the Council won the Agenda Alert Award as part of the BT Environment Week ’95. This award is intended to reward the local authority with the best Local Agenda 21 initiatives. The Shetland island Council organised 20 new initiatives, involving 50% of the Council’s Departments during the week.

An innovative electronic recycling project was established in Scotland last year: the Lothian and Edinburgh Environmental Partnership (LEEP) launched the first office equipment recycling scheme in the U.K. on 4th May 1995. LEEP’s Workplace Recycling scheme collects computers, electrical appliances and consumer electronics from over 1100 participating businesses. Within the first six months of the scheme 35 tonnes of equipment had been collected, well exceeding initial expectations. Collection points have been set up at Civic Amenity Sites in East Lothian so that members of the Public can bring their own unwanted electronic consumables for recycling. This initiative looks set to expand.The scheme will also be used to police house clearance companies operating in the Edinburgh areas.

The most interesting piece of recycling news however is the proposed Total Recycling Centre , which is under consideration in Grangemouth Port. This processing plant would be able to reclaim 200,000 tonnes a year of household, commercial and industrial waste. Ferrous and non-ferrous metals would be recovered and sold as scrap, organic waste would be composted and sold, and recycled plastic goods would also be produced. The company behind these plans is Environmental Reclamation International Ltd. (ERI), which is a consortium of ten British and American companies.

They have set up ERI (Scotland) to investigate the possibility of building a Total Recycling Centre that could incorporate both recycling and manufacturing on-site. Professor John West, ERI’s chairman, commented: ‘Government and EU recycling targets cannot be met unless large scale plants such as the one proposed for Grangemouth complement local authority and voluntary schemes…The plant will be a flagship project for ERI and for Scotland.’

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