Recycling your food waste is a-peeling

Thursday, 21 September, 2023

Is your food caddy missing? Then help is at hand.

The Council is currently running a campaign to encourage more residents to use the weekly food recycling service. Over 30 per cent of rubbish currently being chucked into grey residual bins across East Dunbartonshire is made up of food waste, but by recycling your food waste you are helping turn it from the enemy to energy.

Kitchen caddies and bin liners are provided for free by the Council. The larger kerbside caddies lock to prevent smells, leaks and spillages and are emptied once a week.Missing poster on wall showing a caddy

Councillor Paul Ferretti, Convener of the Council’s Place, Neighbourhood and Corporate Assets Committee, said, "From the feedback we’ve previously received we think that one of the biggest barriers to food waste recycling seems to be the mess and smell people think it will generate.

“However, recycling food waste in our caddies using the food bags is actually more hygienic and reduces smells compared to placing it in your kitchen bin.

“In East Dunbartonshire your food waste is used to generate electricity, which is then fed into the national grid. It may sound unbelievable, but one banana skin can produce enough electricity to charge your mobile phone...twice!

"We know there will always be unavoidable food waste, but recycling it couldn’t be easier. Anything such as peelings, apple cores, bones, shells, tea bags and both cooked and raw food can go in your caddy.

“When food turns bad, it feeds climate change. So, if you can’t use it, recycle it.”

So, don't go bacon our hearts. Remember to recycle your food waste correctly to help us reduce general waste and achieve both recycling and landfill reduction targets.

If you would like to order a free food waste caddy, please contact the Council on 0300 123 4510 or complete our online form.

You can find out what you can put in your food caddy on our website by visiting our bins and recycling webpage