Edinburgh and Midlothian’s Zero Waste scheme has been named as one of the ten best waste and recycling projects in the world.
KPMG’s Infrastructure 100 report: World Cities edition (see right), which showcases 100 of the most innovative and inspiring urban infrastructure projects globally, selected the project for inclusion in the waste and recycling category of this year’s edition.
Developed as part of the Scottish government’s Zero Waste Plan, the project aims to separate all food waste collections from rubbish by 2013, followed by a ban on recyclable waste in landfills by 2015.
The project involves development of an anaerobic digestion facility to process 30,000 tons of waste per annum.
Criteria used by judges to choose the schemes include the scale, feasibility, technical or financial complexity, innovation and impact on society.
Other waste and recycling projects named include:
- The Deep Tunnel Sewerage System in Singapore
- The Askar Waste to Energy PPP in the Kingdom of Bahrain
- The Yas Island Waste Management System in Abu Dhabi
- Gorai Dumping Ground Scientific Closure in India
- Bordo Poniente Waste to Energy in Mexico
- The Bio-Cancun Project on the Yucatán Peninsula
- The Energy Garden Project in Vancouver
- Durham York Energy Waste Project (DYEC) in southern Ontario in Canada
- The proposed Tonsberg Waste to Energy PPP in Norway