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Recycle Week 2019

Everyone has food waste but are you feeding the right bin?

Food waste recycling is a clean and easy way to get rid of your unavoidable food waste. We all have it, whether it’s tea bags, egg shells or banana skins, this service can be used for it all, even out of date food and bones.

Food Recycling at Home

Whether you live in a flat, house or bungalow, it’s really important we recycle all of our household food waste. Watch our short video of mum of twins, Jenny, on how she makes food recycling work for her family and most importantly simple.

Food Recycling Tips

What can I put in my food caddy?

Home Composting

80% of Scottish households have access to a food waste collection, but if you fall into the 20% that doesn’t then there are still plenty of food waste items that can be composted in your own compost bin at home such as fruit and veg peeling, teabags but never meat and dairy or any cooked food. Visit www.recycleforscotland.com/reduce/home-composting for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I get a food waste caddy?

If you don’t have a food waste caddy, you should contact your local council’s waste team to order a free one.  A range of caddies are also available to buy online. 

Why should I use my food waste caddy?

Recycling food waste, instead of sending it to landfill, means we can turn it into energy and fertiliser. You can also put your food waste outside in your outdoor caddy as often as necessary, reducing the chance of nasty smells in your home and your bins. Remember to make sure it’s tied up securely in a bag or wrapped in newspaper.

Why should we stop sending food waste to landfill?

Sending food waste to landfill is not good for the environment and is an expensive way to dispose of waste. When food waste breaks down in landfill it gives off methane gas, which contributes to climate change. Instead, food waste can be used to generate energy and be turned into fertiliser and compost.

Do I have enough food waste to warrant using this service?

Everyone has food waste – whether it’s tea bags, bones, eggshells or leftovers, even small amounts make a difference when they are recycled.

What can I put in my food waste caddy?

You can put all types of cooked and uncooked food waste in your caddy, including meat, bones, pasta, fruit, vegetables, egg shells, pet food, coffee grains and teabags.  Do not put in liquids such as cooking oil, fats or food packaging.

How do I find space for a food waste caddy?

The food waste caddy is designed to be kept on a kitchen work surface or under the sink out of sight.  If you prefer a different design of caddy, there is a wide range available to buy online.  Alternatively, if you do not wish to use the indoor kitchen caddy, you can still empty your food waste directly into the outdoor caddy/food waste bin.

Will a food caddy make my kitchen smell?

Your food waste caddy should not smell any more than if you were putting your food waste in your general bin.  Top tips include emptying your indoor caddy into the outdoor one regularly to help prevent any smells and rinse your caddy with soapy water to keep it clean.

Will a food caddy attract flies?

Your food waste caddy should not attract flies as it has a lid that closes securely and is recommended to be changed regularly. 

How do I find out what and where I can recycle near me?

You can find out what you can recycle at home and where your nearest recycling centres are by simply entering your postcode into this handy locator tool on the Recycle for Scotland website.

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