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Recycle Week drive to fight Scottish food waste

“Recycling your food waste can protect Scotland’s environment,” that’s the message from Zero Waste Scotland ahead of Recycle Week.

9 Sep 19

The environmental organisation will use the period, from the 23rd to 29th of September, to encourage householders to use food caddies to dispose of peelings, egg shells, tea bags and any uneaten produce.

The campaign is in response to the damaging impact food waste can have on the planet. When sent to landfill, food waste releases methane, a dangerous greenhouse gas many times more potent than carbon dioxide in the short term.

By successfully capturing this waste it can be converted into sustainable energy, instead of being sent to landfill or incineration. The remaining material can also be used as a fertiliser for soil. Recycling food waste gives it a role in protecting the environment, rather than contributing to climate change.

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive of Zero Waste Scotland, said:

“Unavoidable food waste from cooking may seem insignificant but using the food recycling caddy is a must - especially during the climate emergency. Vegetable peelings, tea bags and egg shells are a few examples of things that can be recycled. Recycling food waste is a simple approach to making sure it doesn’t go to waste.

“This Recycle Week, we want to make clear the positives of recycling food waste. The benefits for the planet are huge as food waste can be converted into clean, sustainable energy used to power Scotland. We’ve made great strides in food waste recycling, but there is more we can do.”

Around 40% of the 600,000 tonnes of food waste produced by households in Scotland every year is unavoidable. For items like egg shells, coffee grounds or banana skins, recycling food waste is a vital piece of the puzzle in tackling the climate emergency.

According to the Scottish Government’s 2017 Scottish Household survey, only 55% of Scottish households say they recycle their food waste, despite around 80% having access to a food recycling caddy. When it comes to food waste, prevention is always the best option. However, if you can’t reduce food waste in the first place then always use the recycling caddy.

Recycling helps conserve important raw materials and protects natural habitats for the future. Recycle Week is an annual campaign that encourages householders and businesses to recycle as much as possible.

Join in on the conversation online using #RecycleWeekScot.

Notes For Editors

  • Zero Waste Scotland exists to create a society where resources are valued and nothing is wasted. The organisation’s goal is to help Scotland realise the economic, environmental and social benefits of making best use of the world’s limited natural resources.
  • More information on all Zero Waste Scotland’s programmes can be found at https://www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/. You can also keep up to date with the latest from Zero Waste Scotland though via our social media channels - Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn

For media enquiries contact:

Sophie Thirkell, Press Officer, Zero Waste Scotland

Mobile: 07966 284095

Email: sophie.thirkell@zerowastescotland.org.uk

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