Save money and the environment at your local library

Compostable food waste bin liners are now on sale at libraries across Edinburgh at a bargain price in a bid to boost recycling figures.

Rolls of the liners can be bought over the library counter for £1 in response to public feedback suggesting that they can be costly to buy in shops.

The majority of households in the Capital will have access to food waste recycling when the latest stage is rolled out by the end of summer this year, which will help to reduce the amount of rubbish going to landfill.

Councillor Jim Orr, Transport and Environment Vice Convener, said: "Food waste recycling has been supported really well by residents, and if we want to encourage more to take it up, then it should be made as easy as possible to do.

"An average household bin contains around one third of food waste, which releases harmful greenhouse gases when it ends up on landfill sites. Recycling it, however, can generate electricity to power homes and businesses.

"Feedback from the public has suggested that some find the price of food bin liners prohibitive. Hopefully, by selling them in accessible libraries at a bargain price, I hope that this will be one less barrier to people who want to help the environment."

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