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Waste treatment plant gets go-ahead at Millerhill site

Whitehill Road, Millerhill Pic: Google maps
Image caption The waste treatment facility is to be built near the site of the old rail marshalling yards in Millerhill

A waste treatment facility is to be built at a site near Edinburgh after councillors gave the go-ahead.

The joint venture between Edinburgh and Midlothian councils is to be constructed near the site of the old rail marshalling yards in Millerhill.

The plant, which will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, will recycle municipal waste.

A detailed planning application for the site will not be submitted until a contractor has been found to build it.

Food waste

The first facility which is currently out to tender will deal with food waste.

It is likely the successful bidder will submit a planning application in late summer 2012.

Gordon Pollock, the project director, said: "This is a major step in making sure we can deliver modern and sustainable waste treatment for the people of Edinburgh and Midlothian.

"The site at Millerhill is ideal for a number of reasons and the work and research undertaken to prove this has paid off."

Robert Aldridge, Edinburgh City Council's environment leader, said: "We are moving in the best possible direction for the future of waste treatment.

"The decision helps to create a new era in management of waste for the area.

"We will be treating all waste as a resource, as it should be, starting with food and graduating on to other types of waste that can't be readily recycled."

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