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Dispute causes Edinburgh recycling increase

Edinburgh has seen its recycling rate soar following a work-to-rule in July by bin men in the Scottish capital.

Council figures show that recycle banks were the beneficiary as householders sought new ways to deal with their waste and reduce the amount going into wheelie bins.

The number of cans recycled in banks rose by 81 per cent in July to 10.5 tonnes and 29.5 tonnes of plastic bottles were recycled a rise of 154 per cent.

Green councillor Maggie Chapman told the Scotsman: I hadnt thought it would have gone up this much. Hopefully the bin dispute will make people realise that it is quite easy to recycle and the council will realise that they have to roll out recycling then we will be well on our way to recycling targets.

I would like to think people will continue to recycle but it is a bit of a carrot and stick. There are problems around recycling in tenements and there are not enough on-street facilities.

She suggested that the council should introduce a weekly kerbside recycling scheme and fortnightly waste collection to replace the current weekly waste and fortnightly recycling system.

The City of Edinburgh Council has a recycling target of 40 per cent by 2012 and its recycling rate stood at 28.7 per cent in 2008.

Environment leader Councillor Robert Aldridge said: Im delighted that these recycling rates have increased so considerably over the last month and I would like to thank everyone for their participation including the businesses that host the packaging banks.

The bin men started the work-to-rule over a pay dispute.

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