Almost £1 million is to be channelled into a Waste Aware Edinburgh campaign over the next three years to persuade residents of Scotlands capital to reduce, reuse and recycle, as well as to publicise proposed new services.
The city council is also appointing a waste minimisation officer who will introduce initiatives designed to encourage householders to reduce the amount of refuse they produce.
Edinburghs household refuse recycling rate currently stands at 11% and the council will recycle more than 20,000 tonnes this year.
However, the Area Waste Plan for Lothian and the Borders suggested that, by 2020, the council could be forced to deal with nearly 400,000 tonnes of household refuse every year. According to the local authority Edinburghs Waste Strategy initiatives should see the recycling rate in the city rise to 27% by the end of 2006.
New services planned by the council included: the redevelopment of three civic amenity sites into community recycling centres; an extension of the kerbside green garden waste scheme from 12,000 to 100,000 properties by 2006; an extension of the kerbside paper collection scheme to 120,000 properties, involving the use of recycling boxes instead of plastic sacks; and the introduction of a kerbside collection service for dry recyclables including glass, aluminium and steel cans, which will involve 120,000 households by 2006.