Zero Waste project in line for prestigious industry awards

The Zero Waste: Edinburgh and Midlothian scheme has been shortlisted for two prestigious industry awards.

The joint project between the City of Edinburgh and Midlothian Councils has been shortlisted for the Scottish Resources Awards Best Partnership Initiative Award which is hosted by Zero Waste Scotland and the Chartered Institute of Waste Management. Winners will be announced on Thursday 3 October at the Glasgow Hilton Hotel.

It has also been shortlisted for the Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards Scotland for the John F McClelland Collaborative Procurement Initiative of the Year Award.

Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Tuesday 22 October at the Marriott Hotel in Glasgow.

Zero Waste: Edinburgh and Midlothian was set up to deliver, via private sector partners, dedicated facilities for the treatment of both the food and residual waste they collect.

Councillor Jim Orr, Vice Convener for Environment at the City of Edinburgh Council, said:"Congratulations to everyone who has been involved in this excellent partnership. Fingers crossed that we will win at least one award.

"By increasing recycling and reducing landfill we are all contributing to Edinburgh becoming a more sustainable city. With this project we will be collecting bio-gas from food waste and creating energy by burning residual waste, both of which reduce costs and replace conventional energy supplies and reduce dependency on fossil fuels."

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