Cracking down on food waste, North Lanarkshire Council unveil new recycling scheme

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 18:39 BST on Saturday 23rd June 2012.
North Lanarkshire Council have said that their new food waste collection service will further help the council to reach local and Government set recycling targets, as part of Zero Waste Scotland.

North Lanarkshire Council have indicated that the new scheme will see the local authority sending an additional 5’000 tonnes of waste a year for recycling, by the end of this year.

The new food waste collection system will see North Lanarkshire’s residents issued with a small – seven litre – kitchen caddies, alongside a supply of corn-starch bags, which residents will be encouraged to put food waste in.

North Lanarkshire Council say that when your kitchen caddy is full, residents can drop the bags into the larger (23 litre) brown bin, which the council will then collect from existing street kerbsides ‘pick up’ points, on a weekly basis using ten new food waste collection vehicles.

Working with Zero Waste Scotland, who have provided North Lanarkshire Council with “invaluable help, support and advice,” according to a council news article the new service also creates 36 full time jobs - 18 drivers and 18 refuse collectors.

North Lanarkshire Council also attempted to quash any fears about the scheme’s costs, with a council news release saying that,  “…we've [North Lanarkshire Council] calculated how much we need to invest in the scheme and allowed for it within the waste management budget.

The news release added: “Right now we're working on a communications campaign that will keep you fully informed about what you can put in your bin, when collection times will be and so on.”