Food waste recycling service on its way

Thursday November 12th 2015

Foodwaste Midlothian

Midlothian Council is gearing up to introduce food waste recycling for local households from December 2015.

The cabinet member for recycling at the council, Councillor Derek Rosie came for a preview of our new food waste panels on the side of our refuse vehicles.

He said: “Residents should watch out for the caddies, liners and a leaflet explaining what can and cannot be recycled in the food waste bins being delivered at the end of this month.

“As we can see from the picture on the bin lorry, there’s a vast range of cooked and uncooked foods that will soon be able to go in your caddies, from eggshells to peelings and used teabags.

“The external bins will be picked up every week and they are lockable, so perfectly secure. Plus, when residents are nearly out of liners, there’s a tag that you just attach to the outside bin to let our staff know you need more of them. ”

Householders will be given two food caddies, a small unit with liners for kitchens and the larger caddy for the kerbside.

The new weekly service, which will serve more than 36,000 households but will not be available in some rural areas, could increase recycling rates by around 4%.

The food will be recycled into electricity and a type of fertiliser.

​You can use your new food bin for:

fruit and vegetables including peelings
meat and fish – raw and cooked
bakery products
pasta and rice
dairy products including eggs and cheese
tea bags and coffee grounds
you can line your food bin and/or kitchen caddy with plastic bags, compostable bags and newspaper

Do not use the food waste bin or kitchen caddy for:

food product packaging including paper, card, plastic, glass or metal
liquids such as oil, milk or water
pet bedding or animal waste

More details can be found here

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