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Edinburgh council trials food waste recycling scheme across 20,000 homes

City of Edinburgh Council has announced a trial food waste collection service for 20,000 homes as part of its new waste and recycling strategy.

The weekly food waste collection will see waste collected from a number of different regions and housing types in order to test the system, which will then be rolled out across the city following an evaluation.

Edinburgh council estimates that around £4.39m could be saved from the cost of landfill and landfill tax by addressing food waste and other wastes in the city. According to estimates, the cost of disposing waste by landfill could reach £11.85m by 2014, instead of £16.24m, with help from the initiative.

Council environmental leader Robert Aldridge said: “We want Edinburgh to be a great place to live in and visit, and these pilots are part of that.”

The trial follows the publication of the council’s waste strategy in November 2010, which sets a target recycling rate of at least 50% by 2015 and the Scottish Government’s Zero Waste Plan target of separate food waste collections to be introduced by 2013.

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