Pupils to recycle their leftover lunches

St Flannan's Primary
St Flannan's Primary

Leftovers from school meals in East Dunbartonshire will no longer by heading for landfill sites thanks to an eco-friendly pilot scheme.

Three schools in Kirkintilloch – St Flannan’s and Hillhead primaries and Kirkintilloch High – are piloting a food waste recycling scheme which will see all leftovers being collected separately, before being processed.

It will be rolled out to every school in the local authority when the pilot scheme – aimed at calculating volumes - is complete.

Councillor Ashay Ghai, depute leader of East Dunbartonshire Council and convenor of neighbourhood services, said: “School dinners have changed dramatically for the better since I was at school, but what hasn’t changed until now is that the leftovers are sent to a landfill site.

“Pupils at St Flannan’s are very keen to be green, and their eco committee has helped us introduce the scheme in their canteen.”

He added: “Very soon every school in East Dunbartonshire will be recycling their food waste, which is not only good for our environment, but also teaches the children and young people to be aware of the importance of recycling.

“I am sure the food is so delicious here that there are lots of clean plates, but any waste the school does generate will now be disposed of in the greenest way.”

Head teacher Grace McGill also welcomed the scheme. She said: “The food waste initiative was introduced through a whole school assembly and the children are now confident in separating their food waste in the lunch hall.

“This has been a natural progression from the food waste recycling that happens at home and provides another opportunity for children to be responsible citizens on a daily basis.”

P7 pupil Rhianna Docherty is keen to help. She said: “Food recycling will become part of our day-to-day lives. We are learning about how important recycling is and how waste affects us all.”

Meanwhile, shoppers in Asda in Bishopbriggs have been learning how to save money and the environment by cutting down on the food they waste.

East Dunbartonshire Council teamed up with staff from Zero Waste Scotland and Greener Scotland to deliver the message as part of the new food waste campaign from the Scottish Government.