Recycling figures take big leap in Midlothian

Gorebridge resident Marion Sneddon and Tom Hay of Midlothian Council's waste management team
Gorebridge resident Marion Sneddon and Tom Hay of Midlothian Council's waste management team

Recycling of ‘co-mingled’ items such as cardboard, paper and hard plastic is up by over 14 per cent in Midlothian, according to latest figures.

In the first six months of the council’s new recycling collection service from October 2012 to March 2013, they collected 3200 tonnes of co-mingled materials compared with 2750 tonnes in the same period the previous year.

The figures come as Midlothian Council prepare to celebrate Zero Waste Scotland’s national recycling week, which begins on Monday June 17.

Councillor Bob Constable (SNP), cabinet member with responsibility for recycling, said: “Thanks very much to every resident and business helping push our recycling rates up.

“We’ve set an ambitious target of increasing overall recycling – from glass to plastics - by 2.6 per cent this year, so these figures, while not the full story, are very encouraging.”

Recycle Week is a celebration of everything about recycling – the how’s, why’s and where’s? Now in its third year in Scotland, it is organised by Zero Waste Scotland under the Recycle for Scotland brand and is delivered to the public by a range of partners across the country.

The week has an overarching theme of ‘Recycling - at home and away’ and will focus on metals, plastics, packaging, textiles and food waste.