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Edinburgh eyes 30% mark

The City of Edinburgh Council (CEC) has started a new years drive which it hopes will take recycling figures to 30% by 2008.

While the local authority is already returning figures above the national average, it is starting 2007 as it means to go on by offering a kerbside Christmas tree recycling service to its residents.

Between January 8 and 12, people living in the city will simply need to leave the tree out on their normal rubbish collection day and it will be collected and recycled into compost.

CEC executive member for environment and streetscape councillor Robert Cairns said: We are constantly looking at new measures to encourage people in Edinburgh to recycle. The introduction of this kerbside collection service will make it easier for the public to recycle trees which would otherwise go to landfill.

We see this particular initiative as a positive step at the start of a new year which will hopefully see recycling rates in Edinburgh continue to rise, as more of the public go green in 2007.

Recycling centres in Craigmillar, Braehead and Seafield have helped see a recycling boom in the city after they were all redeveloped. Planning permission has also been granted for a fourth site west of the city which will offer even more recycling facilities to local people.

 

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