Recycle your food waste is council’s festive message

When your turkey turns murky and your brussels start to sprout - where will they end up?

East Dunbartonshire Council is urging residents to spare a thought for the excess food that they may have lying around the house after the festive season is over.

Statistics suggest that one fifth of the food and drink we buy ends up being thrown away, costing the average Scottish household £430 a year.

The council launched its weekly food waste collections last year and the service is proving extremely popular with residents. Around 57 tonnes of food per week is regularly collected with a participation rate of over 65 per cent in some areas.

Waste reduction is key to reducing how much the council sends to landfill and achieving recycling targets.

The local authority is facing increasingly challenging recycling targets.

Depute leader of the council and convener of neighbourhood services, Ashay Ghai, said: “Ideally we should all plan carefully what we buy at the supermarket and make sure we have little or no food waste at all. But we do tend to buy - and waste - more over the festive period, when we are cooking for family and friends and spending more time at home.

“People in East Dunbartonshire are great at recycling their food waste throughout the year, so we don’t want them to forget to do their bit just because they’re busy at Christmas.”

He added: “Food waste such as leftovers from Christmas dinner and all out of date food after the festive celebrations can be placed in your caddy as normal, including bones and even turkey carcases. However, we ask that no liquids or oils are placed inside.”