Environment chiefs have embarked on a new drive to persuade Edinburgh residents to recycle their waste. A fleet of 20 council vehicles have been branded with the Waste Aware Edinburgh message, to encourage householders to "Wash and Squash" materials such as plastic bottles and cardboard drinks cartons before recycling.

The local authority has also reported a successful start for the Braehead Community Recycling Centre since it reopened after extensive redevelopment six weeks ago.

Braehead, which is near Edinburgh Airport, now accepts materials as diverse as car batteries, computers and textiles for recycling, along with the usual facilities such as paper, glass and green waste.

City environment leader Bob Cairns said: "The newly-branded vehicles that are being launched at the centre will help to make the Waste Aware Edinburgh message even more visible on the streets of the Capital."