Recycling success story for EDC

Kerbside recycling boxes, Edinburgh Council, red box, blue box
Kerbside recycling boxes, Edinburgh Council, red box, blue box

Environmentally friendly residents have exceeded council expectations by recycling more food waste than predicted since the roll out of the new waste system earlier this year.

The new service, introduced to just under 40,000 properties in East Dunbartonshire on May 3, includes weekly food waste uplifts and alternative weekly collections of other recyclable materials and general waste.

Food waste recycling is running 50 per cent more than predicted, there has been a 40 per cent increase in the volume of cans, glass and plastics recycled and a 15 per cent increase for paper and card.

Depute leader of the council and convener of neighbourhood services, Ashay Ghai, said: “This is extremely good news for the council as we are now on our way to meeting the Scottish Government’s target of reducing waste sent to landfill by 50 per cent. Since introducing the new service we have seen a five per cent drop in the volume of waste from households sent to landfill. It is anticipated that this will increase as the service is rolled out to more homes in the area.”

He added: “There are 3,545 flats and hard to reach properties which receive alternative recycling and waste collections due to access problems/lack of space. We want to ensure that the majority of these households are provided with a full recycling service. We are also planning to introduce food waste collections at schools this year and to provide recycling facilities to commercial customers in early 2014. We are making great progress in meeting the Scottish Government’s targets and savings money by reducing landfill charges.”