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Zero waste site wins public support in Scotland

Public attitudes towards the construction of a new residual waste treatment site in Scotland are largely positive, according to the results of a new survey.

The survey, commissioned by the City of Edinburgh and Midlothian Councils and conducted by Keep Scotland Beautiful, looked at attitudes to the potential development of a Zero Waste Parc, Prevention and Recycling Centre near Millerhill in Midlothian.

Only 2% of the 455 people surveyed disagreed that the Millerhill site would be a suitable location to build a residual waste facility and only 1% felt that using energy from waste as an alternative to landfill was very unacceptable.

A representative from Zero Waste: Edinburgh and Midlothian said: The survey has been really good and surprising in many ways because of the level of public support for the project.

The Councils now intend to apply for planning permission in principle for the Millerhill site which, if approved, will then be offered to the market as a suitable location on which to develop waste treatment facilities.

The facilities will likely consist of a mix of technologies such as energy from waste, and anaerobic digestion.

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