East Lothian Council

Reduce, Reuse and Recycling

By the end of next year the Scottish Government would like half of all the waste collected from households to be recycled, composted or prepared for reuse.

With your help we are already recycling almost 44% of household waste.

By 2020 60% of all the waste collected from households should be recycled, composted or prepared for reuse.

To help achieve this, over the next few years Scottish Local Authorities are being asked to introduce a collection service for food waste.  We are developing plans for how this will work in East Lothian at the moment.  We will keep you up to date and consult with you on these changes.

East Lothian Council Waste Services Depot & Transfer Station, A199 Haddington Road, Wallyford, EH21 8JU.

Email: letsnotwaste@eastlothian.gov.uk


Reduce

Reducing the amount of waste we produce in the first place will have a big impact on how much of East Lothian's waste we have to send to landfill.  By reducing waste you also often save money - the average Scottish household throws out £366 worth of food each year.  Here are a few ways you can make a difference:

Recycle

As well as the kerbside recycling collections, there are also four Recycling Centres, which are open seven days a week, a network of eighty Recycling Points and 'on the go' recycling at 11 locations.  

Reuse

Lots of people already reuse items, most without even thinking about it. Reusing carrier bags as bin liners, using your local library, passing a newspaper on to a neighbour or saving glass jars to store things in are all common ways in which people already decrease the waste they produce by using an item more than once.  Here are a few more ways to help:


Waste Journeys

Garden waste

Collected

Garden waste is collected from the brown bins and taken to an outdoor composting facility at East Fenton, near Drem.

Processed

It is shredded and laid out in large piles called windrows which are turned regularly.  After 14 weeks the compost is screened to a variety of sizes depending on its intended use.

Composted

Your garden waste is transformed into nutrient rich Caledonian Green Compost and sold locally.

Paper and cardboard

Collected

Paper and cardboard are collected from the blue boxes in a two-compartment vehicle and taken to the Kinwegar Transfer Station, near Wallyford.

Processed

They are loaded into a large lorry and taken to a Materials Recovery Facility at Kirkcaldy where the paper and cardboard are separated and the cardboard is baled.

Recycled

The sorted paper and cardboard are then transported by separate lorries to a paper mill in Wales where they are pulped and made into new paper products.

Glass, cans and plastics

Collected

Glass, cans and plastics are collected from the green boxes in a two-compartment vehicle and taken to the Kinwegar Transfer Station, near Wallyford.

Processed

They are then loaded into a large lorry and taken to a Materials Recovery Facility near Irvine, in North Ayrshire.  Here they are sorted to produce bales of two different types of plastic bottles, mixed plastics, steel and aluminium.  The glass is crushed and loaded into containers.

Recycled

The different materials are transported to various locations for reuse and recycling.  The glass is used as aggregate, for example in new road surfaces.  Metals are broken up, melted down and rolled into sheets to make new cans in as little as six weeks.  The different types of plastic are flaked and washed ready for further processing into items like recycling boxes and street furniture, fleece jackets, insulation materials and more plastic bottles.


East Lothian Council, John Muir House Brewery Park Haddington East Lothian EH41 3HA.