Redesign will make kerbside recycling even easier

Recycling could become easier and simpler for Edinburgh residents if councillors approve the business case for introducing a new kerbside scheme.

Members of the City of Edinburgh Council's Transport and Environment Committee will be asked to approve the final stage in plans which would see existing red and blue boxes replaced by a large bin and a box. Householders would be able to put all their paper, cardboard, plastics and metals into the bin while the box would be used for glass. It is also recognised that the new system might not be suitable for a small number of residents and every effort will be made to continue to provide these residents with the current blue and red box service, where appropriate. 

The new service will be easier to use as it will require less sorting of the different types of materials and both the bin and the box will be collected on the same day.  While the Kerbside Recycling Review Outline Business Case was approved by the Committee in January, members at next week's meeting will be given the chance to sign off the financial case for introducing the change, allowing the new service to be introduced in 2014.

Recycling rates are steadily increasing in the Capital and are currently at almost 44% compared to the same period last year when it was 40.9%, but more people need to make use of the service if the national and Council target to recycle 50% of all waste by 2014 is to be reached.

Councillor Jim Orr, Transport and Environment Vice-convener, said: "Even though more waste is being recycled than ever before thanks to the introduction of food waste collections and managed weekly collections, lots of work is still needed if we are going to meet local and national targets to reduce landfill.

"Rates are increasing steadily but need to rise more quickly. One way to do this is to make it as easy as possible for householders to recycle, and giving them one large bin in which they can just throw in dry recycling without separating it would be a fantastic step. "The environmental and financial benefits of reducing the amount of rubbish being sent to landfill, and increasing recycling instead, are now widely known. I urge householders to take advantage of the wide range of recycling facilities available either at kerbside or at recycling points across Edinburgh. More information about reducing, reusing and recycling can be found on the Council website."

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