The city of Edinburgh council has announced the opening of a £9 million depot for its waste collection and street cleansing operations at Seafield.
The depot and transfer station will increase efficiency by providing a single base for waste collection and street cleansing services in the east of the city, the council has said. A similar site in the north west of Edinburgh is also under development.
Improvements to waste depot facilities were agreed last year as part of a £30m review of the council’s depots estate, in line with its ongoing Transformation Programme.
According to the council, the depot will significantly improve on existing facilities and provide better shelter for vehicles which will extend life expectancy and enhance reliability of its fleet.
The site will include a tipping facility where waste will be transferred for onward movement to the Millerhill EfW plant which is being developed on behalf of Edinburgh and Midlothian councils, and due for completion in 2019.
The council has said that improving transport links for the transfer of waste will boost service efficiency.
Transport and environment convener, councillor Lesley Hinds, said: “This new facility at Seafield will not only provide a more comfortable, suitable depot for staff, but will enhance the service by simplifying route management.
“Along with the introduction of new residual and food waste-processing plants at Millerhill, investment in our portfolio of depots is essential for providing a modern, efficient waste and cleansing service.”
The upgrades will also support the council’s Waste and Cleansing Improvement Plan, approved in November 2016. The plan aims to address poor quality in the waste and collection and street cleansing services focusing on various aspects, including waste collection routing, workforce training and communal bin provision.
Planning permission has been obtained for a similar resource at Bankhead in the north-west of the city, to be completed by 2018.
Source: letsrecycle.com Waste Managment