Waste treatment plant gets go-ahead at Millerhill site
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.
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."