With even the thriftiest of householders producing food waste like tea bags, egg shells and vegetable peelings, residents in food waste collection areas in South Ayrshire can help put this to good use.
South Ayrshire Council is reminding residents to recycle their food waste every week using their food waste recycling service. The service is being promoted to residents via a campaign over the next few months, supported by Zero Waste Scotland. The campaign will explain how to use the service, what types of food waste can be recycled and how to access bins if they have gone missing. Alongside this a resupply of free caddy liners is being delivered to households to make it even easier to recycle food using the service.
When food waste decomposes in landfill sites, it releases harmful gases which contribute to climate change. However when recycled, this waste can be transformed into a valuable resource, producing renewable green energy and a nutrient-rich fertiliser.
Councillor John McDowall, Portfolio Holder for Sustainability and Environment at South Ayrshire Council, said: "We are encouraging residents in areas with food waste collections to really get behind this service. The signs are positive so far with around 300 free replacement food waste caddies being requested. I hope even more of our residents realise the environmental advantages of recycling their food waste.
Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland said:
"Avoiding food waste by planning in advance and making the most of our food is the best way to avoid sending food waste to landfill. But we all have unavoidable food waste, whether it's vegetable peelings, tea bags or leftovers, with food waste making up around a third of the average household bin.
"Separating this for recycling significantly reduces the amount we send to landfill, and I'd encourage all South Ayrshire residents to get behind the service and play their part in helping achieve Scotland's zero waste ambitions."
You can find out if you live in a food waste collection area and check your collection day by visiting: www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/waste or call 0300 123 0900.