Edinburgh recycling up following kerbside service introduction

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Recycling up by 29 per cent in Edinburgh

New figures show that the introduction of a kerbside recycling collection service in Edinburgh city has helped significantly increase the amount of municipal waste being sent for recycling instead of to landfill sites.

Between 2014 and 2015, Edinburgh City Council delivered over 140,000 recycling bins to households throughout the district. According to initial figures, residents recycled 29 per cent more waste in the year 2015/16 compared to the previous year.

New Edinburgh kerbside service has increased city recycling

New recycling services has helped increase recycling in Edinburgh

In addition, food waste recycling rose by an impressive 51 per cent during the roll out of the new service and the council also recorded a concurrent ten per cent decrease in the amount of waste being sent to landfill sites, thus helping the council save landfill tax costs.

The new kerbside collection is for dry-mixed and glass waste, with further roll out due to provide communal bins to city flats and apartment blocks.

Councillor Lesley Hinds, environment leader at Edinburgh City Council, said the recycling increase had “delighted” the council and he added how “pleased” he was that residents were “really taking to recycling responsibly”.

Councillor Hinds added: “We now want to see a similar uptake across the city’s tenements and flats, which are served by communal bins, and we are working hard to increase recycling provision and to make facilities as easy to access as possible.”

An opposition councillor from the Green party, Chas Booth, commended the efforts of the council and residents but said that more needs to be done to reduce the amount of municipal waste being produced throughout the Scottish capital.

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