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Edinburgh food waste pilot launched

A pilot food waste collection scheme has been launched by Palm Recycling in Edinburgh, the firm confirmed yesterday.

 As part of Palm’s recently awarded contract by Edinburgh City Council to provide additional kerbside recycling services to 135,000 homes in the city, 20,000 properties will benefit from a food waste collection trial.

It is planned that once the food waste pilot has been evaluated, the service will be rolled out across the city with all residents able to recycle food waste, as well as plastic bottles and batteries, aimed at increasing recycling rates in Edinburgh to 75% by 2020.

Edinburgh households have been recycling a range of materials for several years through Palm Recycling, yet food, plastic bottles and batteries have always been excluded. Palm estimates that sending these recyclable products to landfill costs the council more than £7m per year in tax.

Councillor Robert Aldridge, environmental leader, said: “This is a pioneering service for local residents in Edinburgh. I’m glad to see the pilot begin. Food waste will be collected weekly and there will be more opportunity to recycle other household items.

“There is real potential for behavioural change. 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.”

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