Food waste scheme launched

The council's Keith Scrimgeour with Amie Thomson and Councillor Ashay Ghai.
The council's Keith Scrimgeour with Amie Thomson and Councillor Ashay Ghai.

A food waste recycling scheme has been launched in East Dunbartonshire to help businesses throughout the district go green.

The new scheme has been introduced by the council following a pilot project carried out last year.

It aims to help commercial properties comply with new Scottish Government waste regulations.

The purpose of the pilot project was to calculate volumes of waste food, bin requirements and landfill savings.

Businesses are now expected to separate all waste, including paper, card, plastic, metals and glass for recycling.

Additionally, all food businesses producing over 50kg of food waste per week must present it for separate collection unless they’re located in a rural area.

Companies can choose to employ East Dunbartonshire Council to help them meet the new regulations or a private waste contractor.

The Kincaid House Hotel, in Milton of Campsie, took part in the pilot scheme.

Councillor Ashay Ghai, convener of the council’s neighbourhood services committee, said: “We are very grateful to the Kincaid House Hotel for helping us with this pilot project.

“It has proved really informative and will help us deliver a comprehensive recycling service to businesses across the area.

“The visits have allowed us to explain in full the new legislation and what is required. We are also able to advise what bin requirements and service frequency will assist them in meeting their needs.”

Councillor Ghai added: “All businesses we have visited have been happy to sign up to the new recycling collections in order to meet the new legislation.”

Amie Thomson, manager of the Kincaid House Hotel, said: “The trial highlighted just how much of the hotel’s waste could be recycled, ensuring we as a local business stay as green as possible.”

If you would like advice on the new waste guidance scheme, or services available from East Dunbartonshire Council, contact 0141 574 5783.

For more information, visit the council’s wesbite.