Food waste recycling success

Friday May 27th 2016

Food Recycling Success

Thanks to residents, Midlothian Council has collected more than 1,000 tons of food waste since the service began in December.

This means it has saved £100,000 in landfill fees, before taking into account collection costs.

Councillor Derek Rosie, the cabinet member for waste services, said: “This is a fantastic achievement by our householders.

“We never thought we’d reach the milestone figure of 1,000 tons so soon after the service started.

“We’re delighted local people are embracing the chance to recycle their food and help cut carbon emissions. Many thanks to everyone who has taken the time to use the food caddies provided.”

The collection service has been so successful that the council ran out of caddy liners earlier in May.

Councillor Rosie thanked residents for their patience. He said: “We’re please to say new liners have now arrived and anyone who has been in touch or leaves the yellow tag on the bin to show they need new liners will get them as soon as possible.”

The food waste team are reminding local people that fruit stones can be put in the caddies as can shellfish shells and nut shells.

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