Edinburgh Opens New Multi-Million-Pound Waste Depot

A new, multi-million-pound waste depot is now in operation in Edinburgh, with an aim of helping to deliver a more “resilient service” for the city. 

The site at Seafield aims to increase efficiency by providing a single base for waste collection and street cleansing staff in the east of the city.

The £9m depot aims to also “significantly improve” on existing facilities, prioritising the health and safety of employees and providing better shelter for vehicles, which will extend life expectancy and enhance day-to-day reliability.

On-site resources aim to enable increased productivity by providing a tipping facility at the end of shifts, as opposed to current arrangements requiring off-site tipping. Planning permission has been obtained for a similar resource at Bankhead in the north-west of the city, to be completed by 2018. Improving transport links for the transfer of waste is anticipated to boost service efficiency and, in turn, customer satisfaction.

“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.”

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.”

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.

Upgrades will also complement the Council’s Waste and Cleansing Improvement Plan, approved in November 2016. The plan aims to address perceived poor quality in the waste collection and street cleansing services through a series of actions focusing on various aspects, including waste collection routing, workforce training and communal bin provision.

Both Seafield and Bankhead depots will serve a state-of-the-art energy-from-waste plant for Edinburgh and Midlothian, located at Millerhill. The Millerhill plant, due to be completed in 2019, sits alongside a new food waste treatment plant, and will help drive down the amount of waste sent to landfill for partner councils.

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