City of Edinburgh Council has been promised £1.3m to support a phased roll-out of food waste collections to 140,000 households across the city this year.
The money represents the first funding from the Scottish Government’s £4m Food Waste Programme.
Edinburgh’s decision to introduce food waste collections follows a successful trial earlier this year involving 20,000 homes, including 5,000 ‘high-density’ properties. The service will this week be extended to 15,000 more Edinburgh homes, and eventually to most households across the city.
Scottish environment secretary Richard Lochhead said: “By growing our food waste collections, we can position Scotland at the forefront of refuse management and move closer towards a zero-waste society.”