Results from the first month of the food waste recycling trial

Results from Edinburgh’s pioneering food waste recycling pilot – suggest the scheme has got off to a flying start.

The recycling pilot began on 11 April and almost 30 tonnes of waste has been collected in the first four weeks.

Around 20,000 residents are taking part in the trial which aims to test collection methods in a variety of property types.

And almost 15,000 households are receiving a weekly kerbside collection, while communal bins will be tested for 5,000 flats by the end of May.

Once the trial is evaluated, the service will be rolled out across the city.

The Scottish Government has set a target to give all households a food waste collection for recycling and composting by 2013.

Councillor Robert Aldridge, Environmental Leader, said: "This is a great result, so early on in the pilot, but we must not be complacent. We want to get more people recycling and are keen to evaluate the trial so it can be rolled out city-wide. It's important for residents to know, that if recycling is increased there will be a much better service as well as, helping the environment, reducing waste and saving money. Lowering the amount of rubbish we send to landfill is everyone's responsibility. We want Edinburgh to be a great place to live in and visit and these pilots are part of that."

And the food waste collected will be used to make biofertiliser and compost as well as generating biogas - a renewable fuel.

The waste is currently recycled by Scottish Water Horizons, the commercial and renewables arm of the public utility, at their state-of-the-art Deerdykes Composting & Organics Recycling Facility in Cumbernauld.

Chris Banks, Scottish Water's Commercial Director, said: "We are delighted to be working with Edinburgh Council to recycle their food waste. By transforming their waste into green energy, we are not only helping the city reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill, but also contributing to Scotland's renewable energy targets."

The food waste is being collected by Palm Recycling. 

Ross Johnstone, Business Manager, Palm Recycling, said: "Palm Recycling is pleased to assist the City of Edinburgh Council in rolling out another new service for their residents and we look forward to expanding the scheme to provide more residents with access to kerbside food waste collections."

In Edinburgh, Kitchen Canny and Love Food Hate Waste give advice about avoiding food waste.   

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