Changing their views on waste

Scottish celebrities are being encouraged to change their ways on national television by recycling and waste specialists Viridor, which has a landfill site and permission for an energy from waste facility near Dunbar.

Personalities including River City star Stephen Purdon (Shellsuit Bob), comedian and broadcaster Fred MacAulay and funny man Des McLean visit the company’s facilities as part of a new STV series which aims to make them aware of their impact on the environment.

They see where East Lothian Council’s recycling is managed, including the company’s specialist e-waste facility in Perth which deals with some 95 per cent from all the inputs it receives from East Lothian – some 775 tonnes of waste electrical and electronic equipment each year including 16,350 televisions and 3,800 fridges in the last year alone.

Also featured is Viridor’s specialist glass recycling facility situated in Midlothian where glass from East Lothian is recycled – the equivalent of more than three million beer bottles each year.

Too Good to Waste is broadcast on STV at 8pm on Wednesday evenings, with the opportunity to catch-up on missed episodes via the STV Player and at greenerscotland.org