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Cash boost for green waste collections

East Lothian Council will receive £19 million from Scotlands Strategic Waste Fund to establish a green waste and kerbside collection service, helping to boost the areas recycling rate to 27% by 2005/6.

The funding, which runs to 2020, will also help to redevelop civic amenity sites into recycling centres, implement an education, awareness and prevention programme and monitoring and market development activities.

Environment Minister Ross Finnie said: This funding will help ensure many of East Lothians citizens will have access to recycling facilities. Every month, recycling becomes easier for Scots with new and improved kerbside facilities, recycling bins and other services being provided across the country.

By providing this substantial long-term funding we are helping East Lothian Council meet its targets for waste minimisation, recycling and reduction in landfill. We are determined to provide Scots with much more sustainable ways of managing their waste.

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