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Recycling goes underground in Edinburgh

Recycling containers are going underground in Edinburgh to save space and to improve the appearance of the citys streets. The pilot project will take place in the Grassmarket area of Edinburgh. An Edinburgh Council spokeswoman said: The foundations for the underground storage units have just been put in but will not be up and running for quite a while yet. There will be three of these locations around the Grassmarket area, there will be four bins at each point - for recycling only - one glass, one paper and two packaging.There are approximately 400 households in the Grassmarket area and adjacent streets who will be able to utilise this facility. The move follows guidelines published this year in an Edinburgh Council report titled Containerisation: Siting of Waste Containers, recommending that recycling containers in new development areas go underground to minimise the impact of waste containers on visual amenity and to ensure road safety. Edinburgh Council environment leader Robert Aldridge added: It is important that we make it as easy as possible for all city residents to adopt the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle message. By introducing underground containers we are able to have more facilities taking up less space on our streets, which also means there is less impact on the streetscape. If the pilot scheme is successful then the scheme could be rolled out across the city.

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