Remember to recycle your leftovers when you’ve had enough of turkey sandwiches this festive season.
East Dunbartonshire Council is urging residents to plan well for the party season and recycle any excess food they may have lying around.
Food waste is a major issue and Christmas can be a particularly wasteful time of year. Statistics suggest that some of the food we buy ends up being thrown away, costing the average Scottish household £460 a year - that’s around £38 per month.
The Council launched its weekly food waste collections in 2013 and the service is proving extremely popular with residents. Over 55 tonnes of food per week is regularly collected from participating households.
The Council believes waste reduction is vital to reducing how much we send to landfill and to helping to increase our recycling targets. It is facing increasingly challenging recycling targets and Convener of Neighbourhood Services, Councillor Stewart MacDonald, is keen that residents continue using their food caddies.
Councillor MacDonald said, “Whilst we would encourage all households to look at reducing waste, particularly food waste, our food waste collection scheme will ensure that food waste no longer goes to landfill but is recycled.
“Food waste such as leftovers from Christmas dinner and all out of date food after the festive celebrations can be placed in your caddy as normal, including bones and even turkey carcases. The only thing we ask residents to avoid putting in their caddy is liquids and oils.”
For great recipes and tips for reducing food waste, guides on portion control and meal planners, visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.com
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