Concern over Midlothian waste plan

Millerhill Marshalling Yard, where the Zero Waste project is to be sited

Millerhill Marshalling Yard, where the Zero Waste project is to be sited

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Progress towards a household waste to energy facility has been met with mixed reaction from Midlothian’s only Green councillor.

Zero Waste: Edinburgh and Midlothian - a joint project between the City of Edinburgh and Midlothian councils to deliver facilities for the treatment of food and residual waste at a site near Millerhill - has announced FCC Medio Ambiente SA (FCC) as its preferred bidder for a residual waste treatment plant.

A food waste treatment plant is already under construction on the Zero Waste Parc next to the Millerhill Marshalling Yard.

It will be operated by Alauna Renewable Energy, which won a contract to treat 200,000 tonnes of food waste per year on behalf of the Edinburgh and Midlothian councils in 2012.

Respective councils aim to sign a 25-year contract for the residual waste facility in 2015, with FCC operating on site by 2018.

FCC was selected ahead of rival bids from from Viridor, Veolia and Urbaser.

Councillor Ian Baxter (Green), pictured inset, while glad Viridor is not the preferred bidder, is concerned about the potential impact the project could have on the environment.

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