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South Ayrshire residents urged to get behind food waste recycling and turn scraps into electricity

 19 October 2015  |  

Food waste can be transformed into renewable green energy and a nutrient-rich fertiliser

Food waste can be transformed into renewable green energy and a nutrient-rich fertiliser

We all end up with food waste – like tea bags and egg shells – no matter how careful we are. And the good news is that residents in South Ayrshire can help to turn food waste into electricity by using their food waste recycling service each week.

South Ayrshire Council has provided householders living in a food waste collection area with an indoor kitchen caddy and an outdoor caddy for food waste. You can check if you live in a food waste collection area by visiting: – if your food waste caddy is missing or broken, contact 0300 123 0900 to request a free replacement.

Food waste decomposes in landfill sites, releasing 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.

Cllr John McDowall, Sustainability and Environment Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council said: "The food waste recycling service is a quick and simple way to dispose of leftover food and scraps, helping to reduce our impact on the environment, so there really is no excuse for not making use of this valuable service.

"We already recycle 50 per cent of waste and we are one of the top 12 recycling Councils in Scotland, but we want to achieve a 60 per cent recycling rate by 2020. With your help, recycling food waste can help us reach this ambitious target."

Zero Waste Scotland is supporting South Ayrshire Council to encourage use of the food waste service. A dedicated communications campaign will run throughout the area over the next few months so everyone has the opportunity to find out more about the service, how it works, where to get extra caddies and the types of food waste collected.

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, and food waste is still making up around a third of the average household bin.

"Separating this for recycling significantly reduces the amount we send to landfill and means that it can be used as a resource instead  - to create energy. I'd encourage all South Ayrshire residents to get behind the service and play their part in helping achieve Scotland's zero waste ambitions."

For information about the food waste collection service visit:

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