Campaign to stamp out food waste

LOCAL householders are being asked to clean up their act and get involved in a national food waste campaign.

Statistics show that Scots are facing a £1 billion food waste bill and East Dunbartonshire Council wants to play their part in ensuring less food and drink ends up in the bin. by backing the Scottish Government’s reduction campaign.

Around one fifth of food and drink bought is thrown away, which costs the average Scottish household £430 a year.

But from next year, the council will introduce a weekly food waste collection, which they hope will change habits.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie added: “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.

“This will have the double benefit of reducing our landfill disposal tonnages and increasing our recycling rates, helping us to achieve the challenging targets that have been set in these areas.”

The council will also provide an alternate weekly collection for recycling and remaining residual waste next year, and details will be issued to residents in early 2013.