Edinburgh on target to meet recycling rates

The City of Edinburgh Council has today announced that residents are on track to meet challenging national targets of recycling 50 percent of rubbish by 2014.

With recycling becoming more and more the norm, it is predicted that  changes in behaviour, coupled with the changes in bin collections from today (Monday 10 September), will see the rates rise to more than 40 percent, keeping the city on track to reach 50 percent  in two years time.

Currently, the city's recycling rates currently stand at 33%, which is double that of 8 years ago.

Deputy Leader for the Environment, Cllr Jim Orr said: "This is good news and shows that residents are taking recycling seriously, having put in a huge effort over the last few years to make recycling work, but we still have a way to go.

"Moving to our new system of managed weekly collections, coupled with the continued commitment by Edinburgh residents to reuse and recycle wherever possible, will help draw us even closer to our target and, ultimately, to a cleaner and greener city."

Sending waste to landfill has a huge impact on the environment and is a drain on our natural resources. It is also costing more money to dispose of waste in this way.

Currently the cost of sending waste to landfill is approximately £100 a tonne and in 2011/12 the Council spent £13.3m on landfill. As landfill Tax increases annually by £8 per tonne, the potential cost of failing to increase recycling beyond current levels could rise to £15.4m by next financial year.

The latest information on recycling performance is issued in the Waste Strategy Review paper which is available to the public, ahead of next weeks Transport, Infrastructure and Environment Committee where it will be discussed by councillors.

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