East Lothian’s waste centre at work

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As someone who was a bit sceptical about going from weekly to fortnightly green wheelie bin collections, a visit to East Lothian’s refuse centre near Wallyford has made me have a rethink, writes Chief Reporter Avril Campbell

I must admit old and bad habits die hard but, with a weekly food waste collection a “must” by 2016, the public will be forced into changing its ways.

I am most definitely wasting too much food and there is certainly more I could be doing to tighten up on the recycling front.

Yes, I do recycle bottles and paper by filling up my green and blue boxes, garden refuse is put in my brown bin and other household items, like old ironing boards and bikes, taken to either North Berwick or Wallyford civic amenity sites. But, when it comes to the general refuse green bin, it’s a bit of a free for all – pizza boxes and old tins just chucked away – out of sight, out of mind. The discipline of recycling food waste will, without a doubt, make me reconsider what I’m buying when doing my food shopping and the need to sort out packaging more is now high on my household ‘to do’ list.

I visited the environmentally-friendly Kinwegar centre to meet Tom Reid, East Lothian Council’s waste manager, and Councillor Norman Hampshire, environment spokesman, to find out what goes on behind the scenes with the county’s rubbish.

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