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Glasgow rolls out food waste collections

Glasgow councillors have voted to introduce a city-wide food collection scheme following a successful pilot programme.

Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS) helped to fund the pilot. It took place for one year from July 2013, where 2,145 tonnes of food waste was collected from 43,000 households.

The food waste collected in separate weekly collections was processed in anaerobic digestion facilities, through third party contractors.

Weekly presentation rates were on average 27% during the pilot, while surveys indicated that 79% of residents were using the service.

The full scheme will now be rolled out to 300,000 residential properties across the city with £4.7m operational costs. Both capital and revenue funding is required to deliver the implementation.

From January 2016, kerbside properties will commence fortnightly food waste collections through use of their existing brown bin. Flats and high rise properties will have a weekly service using shared bins introduced on a phased basis from April 2016, to be fully rolled out by March 2017.

A communication campaign will be put in place to inform and encourage householders to use the new service.

Glasgow City Council’s report says the introduction of the food waste service will provide 100 permanent jobs.

It says the operation of the pilot and its associated costs have been reviewed to ensure the costs associated with introducing the service are minimised where possible.

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