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Biffa to support the City of Edinburgh’s recycling drive

Biffa has been awarded an £8 million three-year contract extension with the City of Edinburgh, to help Scotland’s capital recycle more.

Biffa will use its knowledge and expertise in recycling to support the City of Edinburgh achieve its target of a 78 per cent recycling rate. The most crucial way it plans to do this is to help Edinburgh to reduce contamination in kerbside recycling bins throughout the city. These dry recycling bins should contain waste plastic bottles and containers, cans and glass but can sometimes become contaminated with other waste, which affects the recyclability of the whole load.

The initiatives planned with Biffa will help address any recycling issues, such as contamination, and support the council to achieve its recycling and zero waste ambitions. Biffa will also help to identify opportunities across the city for more effective and efficient recycling.

Commenting on the contract award, Gavin Money, Biffa’s Regional General Manager for Scotland & N. Ireland, said: “Working with valued customers, like the City of Edinburgh, to help them achieve their sustainability goals is fundamental to our business at Biffa. It’s our goal to change the way people think about waste and we can do this by helping them to understand how they can recycle more. We’re very much looking forward to continuing to support the City of Edinburgh.”

Environment Convener, Councillor Lesley Macinnes, the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “Promoting recycling is so important to help lower the carbon impact created by waste in the city. We’re looking forward to working with Biffa to help people separate their waste correctly to cut down on any contamination occurring leading to waste not being recycled.”

The contract, which was signed in December, follows a successful four-year long partnership between Biffa and the City of Edinburgh.

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