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City leads way in cutting rubbish

posted 19 Nov 2008, 06:11 by myEdinburgh Admin   [ updated 19 Nov 2008, 06:13 ]
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Edinburgh households produce less rubbish than anywhere else in Scotland

Edinburgh is producing less rubbish per household than anywhere else in Scotland, its council has claimed.

In the last year Edinburgh generated 1.165 tonnes per household, compared with the Scottish national average of 1.419 tonnes.

Edinburgh City Council is currently supporting a wide range of waste minimisation initiatives.

They include awareness raising campaigns on issues such as unwanted mail and home composting.

The figures were released in a report about the council's Waste Prevention Strategy that will form part of its response to the Scottish Government's Zero Waste consultation.

Robert Aldridge, Edinburgh City Council environment leader, said: "These figures show that we are making real progress in our drive to cut the amount of Edinburgh's waste that ends up as landfill.

"We are determined to build on this success and plan to cut the amount of waste disposed of in this way even further in future years.

"In addition, the council welcomes the Scottish Government's commitment to a 'zero waste' future for Scotland, and are confident of achieving our ambitious target of 40% recycling by 2012."

Source: BBC News