Milngavie Cafe Alba goes eco in recycling pilot

Cafe Alba'  unveiling new business recycling scheme: Keith Scringeour Cllr. Ashay Ghay and Bridget Mcnay'19th March 2014'Pic: Roberto Cavieres
Cafe Alba' unveiling new business recycling scheme: Keith Scringeour Cllr. Ashay Ghay and Bridget Mcnay'19th March 2014'Pic: Roberto Cavieres

A Milngavie café has helped East Dunbartonshire Council formulate a new eco-scheme which will help businesses go green.

Café Alba, in Main Street, took part in a food recycling pilot scheme aimed at helping all commercial properties comply with new Scottish Government waste regulations.

The pilot – which was aimed at calculating volumes of waste - was carried out last year.

Businesses are now expected to separate all rubbish, 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.

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

The council has visited 80 per cent of businesses in East Dunbartonshire to explain the new regulations, and officers hope to have completed all visits by the end of March.

Councillor Ashay Ghai, depute leader of the council, said: “We are very grateful to Café Alba 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.”

Café owner Bridget MacNay said: “We feel it’s important for the local community and for the environment for businesses to separate their waste for recycling and found the process of the trial reasonably simple to get used to.”

If you would like advice on the new waste guidance, contact 0141 574 5783.