Edinburgh's recycling goes, according to this investigation, to:
Batteries: Garlaston, West Midlands
Plastics: Teeside then Lincolnshire
Council policies are significantly directed by the EU driven landfill tax, and the Scottish Government's target of 50% of waste being recycled by 2013.
When you factor in the time and effort of separating everything at source (in our homes) it does beg a question or two about how efficient we are being.
In our desire to reduce excess waste this all leaves some questions around the policies which we are following. Views welcome.