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Sunday, July 02, 2006

NEWS: Recycling in Edinburgh

Good news! My boyfriend got a great promotion and is now working a five minute walk from our flat. Bad news! Despite the location being better it means he no longer works next to a big supermarket with loads of recycling facilities where he can easily take our various bottles, packaging etc. Whilst it's great living in a conservation area, it means that we aren't allowed the great big local recycling bins to serve all the buildings round here (although there are plans to change this). The box collection scheme doesn't apply here either.

So, what to do? Fortunately there's a great interactive online map telling us where our nearest recycling facilities are. This includes the individual bins outside tenements. The site is produced by Changeworks, who also have an interesting online guide to redusing, reusing and recycling throughout Edinburgh and the Lothians.

It's a good job we've found some local facilities, as according to an article in today's Scotland on Sunday, there are plans to fine us for not recycling and the Parliament wants to consult with us on charging for non-recyclable waste collection. I can't imagine people going for that idea but hopefully it will mean recycling facilities will become so amazingly wonderful that people won't be able to say no.

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