Does your town have a food waste collection system? Glasgow does!
One day of this week we found something lying in front of our main door. No worries, it wasn't a baby in a basket; it was a caddy provided by the Glasgow City Council as a measure to roll out its food waste collection system across the city centre.
The council has provided (or will provide) every building with a communal bin for this purpose. Every household in turn has received one of these little buckets for free. Along with it, there are four packs of caddy liners to dispose any food waste. When these liners are full, they need to be placed in the communal bin. The recycling services will pick the waste and empty the bin once a week.
What is food waste?
According to SEPA, Glasgow dumps 165,000 tonnes of household waste every year, of which almost a third is food waste. In sum, 50,000 tonnes that could be used in a productive way instead of being sent to landfill. But what is food waste? Basically, any unwanted part of the food (egg shells, vegetables and fruits peels, chicken skin, bones, etc), as well as any leftovers from cooked meals and teabags. To find the full list click here.Glasgow City Council started its food waste collection system early this year, in January 2016 and has carried it out by phases and areas. They intend to complete it by March 2017. This new service is being implemented with the support of the Socttish Government, which has granted £3.2m through Zero Waste Scotland in order to achieve its objective to reduce food waste by 33% by 2025.
By reducing the food waste sent to landfill, it will be also reduced its impact on the environment. The breakdown of food in landfills can produce methane, boosting the global warming, and also release leachate, a liquid that may pollute groundwater supplies. By contrast, by recycling it, it can be used as fertiliser and also be a source of energy (biogas).
Does your city have any food collection system? Does your region have an integral strategy to reduce waste? We want to hear about that!