Food waste being recycled by more than two-thirds of homes in Kirkintilloch and Bishopbriggs

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PEOPLE have discovered an appetite for recycling thanks to new food waste collections in East Dunbartonshire.

Early indications suggest the area is achieving the one of the best rates in Scotland for both participation and tonnage of food waste collected after just over one month.

Convener of development and infrastructure, Councillor Alan Moir, said: “There has been a fantastic effort by our residents and our early analysis shows that 70 per cent of households are using their food waste caddies.

“According to Zero Waste Scotland, our participation rates are one of the highest in Scotland and I’d like to say a big thank-you to all residents who are using their food waste caddies and their new recycling bins.

“Thanks must also go to our implementation team for their great efforts in raising awareness of the new service and then bringing the changes in.”

Food waste collections were introduced to increase recycling levels to meet Scottish Government recycling targets and to reduce the tonnage of waste sent to landfill.

The recycling rates and landfill disposal statistics are said to be equally encouraging.

Councillor Moir continued: “We have seen a distinctive drop in the tonnage of general waste that we dispose of to landfill and our recycling tonnages have also increased following the introduction of the new slimline recycling bins.

“We are well on our way to achieving the 50 per cent recycling target for this year.”

Preliminary analysis of recycling shows that the tonnages collected for paper and card are up 14 per cent and for cans and plastics are up 40 per cent.

Participation in recycling across East Dunbartonshire has also increased to 67 per cent, having been nearer 50 per cent when the old-style recycling boxes were collected weekly.

Food waste collections and recycling service changes in East Dunbartonshire have been supported and funded by Zero Waste Scotland.

Iain Gulland, director of Zero Waste Scotland, said: “With food waste taking up around one third of the average household bin, recycling this waste can make a real difference in reducing our impact on the environment.

“I’m delighted to see so many residents in East Dunbartonshire supporting and making use of these new food waste collections.

“However it’s important to remember to also take steps to reduce the amount of food waste created in the first place, for example by writing a list by planning meals and storing food appropriately.

“For more tips on reducing food waste, visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.com”

Councillor Moir added: “This early feedback on the new waste and recycling services is fantastic and testament to the great efforts being made by our residents.

“I’d like to encourage everyone to continue to recycle as much as they can. Maximising recycling through the food waste caddies and the new recycling wheelie bins will ensure we continue to reduce general waste and achieve both recycling and landfill reduction targets.

“We’ve tried to make sure that residents have as much information as possible about the service changes through a comprehensive awareness-raising campaign. We still have advisers available out in the community to answer questions and offer guidance and advice.”

Anyone with any queries about the new services should visit the council website at www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk or call Customer Services on 0300 123 4510.

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