Submitted by Editor on Thu, 11/02/2010 - 17:49

Normally Spurtle researches stories rather than lifting them wholesale from press releases (unlike a certain other Edinburgh newspaper we could mention).

On this occasion, however, the City of Edinburgh Council event described is so unintentionally hilarious (it even gets the date of St Valentine's Day wrong), so half-baked in conception, so utterly unlikely to succeed that we recycle the details in full. They are beyond parody.

If any readers do attend this romantic get-away over the weekend, please send us photos and a full account.


The City of Edinburgh Council  PR 956    11/02/2010    [For Immediate Release]
Fall in love with recycling at the Waste Education Cabin’s St Valentine’s day event on Saturday 13 February.
Family fun and activities as well as free goodies will be on offer at the Waste Education Cabin at Seafield on Saturday 13 February, as families are invited to take part in a St. Valentine’s fun day.

Edinburgh’s biggest recycling centre will be opening it doors for visitors to learn about the journey that waste takes and what we can do to reduce, reuse and recycle. Learn about what happens to recycled material and find out how important it is to recycle.

Alchemy Arts who provide socially inclusive and environmentally aware art projects will also be on site running workshops and making crafts out of recycled material.

Cllr Robert Aldridge, Environment Leader for the City of Edinburgh Council said:

"This St. Valentines family day will offer a range of exciting activities for all the family to enjoy and I'm sure everyone will have great fun exploring different ways to cut down on waste and follow the Reduce Reuse Recycle message."


Notes to editors
1. The City of Edinburgh Council Services for Communities department focuses on delivering better services to communities across the city, thereby improving everyone's quality of life.
2. The Family Fun Day takes place from 11am to 3pm on Saturday 13 February at the Waste Education Cabin at Seafield Community Recycling Centre on Fillyside Road, Edinburgh.
3. Alchemy Arts initiates and provides socially inclusive and environmentally aware art projects. Their workshops and community projects use recycled resources to transform perceptions of people and the environment through the transformation of materials. They use art, music, storytelling and performance to encourage creativity in a fun and accessible atmosphere. Alchemy Arts aims to:

* Divert waste from landfill
* Create socially inclusive art projects
* Facilitate urban regeneration
* Inspire the creative transformation of materials, spaces and people.