East Dunbartonshire householders hailed recycling heroes

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Green householders have embraced a new recycling regime designed to reduce landfill.

Since the roll out of the new waste service in May this year, East Dunbartonshire residents have exceeded council expectations by recycling more food waste than predicted.

It’s hoped the new service, which sees weekly food waste collections and fortnightly collections of other waste, will slash landfill waste in the local authority area by half - a target set by the Scottish Government.

Food waste recycling is presently running 50 per cent ahead of initial estimates.

Meanwhile, there has also been a 40 per cent increase in the volume of cans, glass and plastics recycled and a 15 per cent increase in paper and card.

Ashay Ghai, the council’s depute leader and convener of neighbourhood services, said: “This is extremely good news for the council as we are now on our way to meeting the Scottish Government’s target of reducing waste sent to landfill by 50 per cent.

“Since introducing the new waste collection service we have seen a five per cent drop in the volume of waste from our households sent to landfill.

“It is anticipated that this will increase as the service is rolled out to more homes within the area.”

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