Visitor centre planned for recycling facility


by Kirsty Topping

BARMY council chiefs are set to open a new visitor centre on the site of a new waste facility.

Edinburgh and Midlothian councils have submitted plans for the attraction at their new food and residual waste treatment facility at Millerhill in Midlothian.

The visitor centre will allow school pupils and community groups to tour the plant and see how waste is sorted and treated.

A spokesman for Edinburgh City council said:” A visit might involve lessons on how best to reduce, reuse and recycle, as well as helping people understand how the residual waste we generate is treated and turned into a useful resource.

The two councils bought the site for the facility for £2 million in 2009, with Edinburgh paying £1.6 million and Midlothian contributing £400,000 based on how much use each would get from the recycling plant.

The news comes after Edinburgh pledge to cut their budget by £90m over three years, while Midlothian has to make £25m of savings over four years.

The final design for the facility will not be decided until a contractor is chosen.