Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 11:51 GMT on Saturday, 10th November 2012.
Cumbernauld residents now able to recycle 5,000 tonnes more food waste annually as new council project gets underway

CUMBERNAULD residents will now be able to recycle their food waste in a project which is finally being rolled out across North Lanarkshire.


On 23rd June 2012, Cumbernauld Media reported that North Lanarkshire Council have indicated that a new food recycling scheme will see the local authority sending an additional 5’000 tonnes of waste a year for recycling.


Now, North Lanarkshire Council have begun distributing lined plastic containers which residents will use to recycle food waste, when their kitchen caddy is full.


The new bags can be dropped 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 the new service will create 36 full time jobs - 18 drivers and 18 refuse collectors.


The project comes as council bosses strive to meet Scottish Government targets on food waste.


North Lanarkshire Council officials have now began the process of delivering lined plastic containers across the town which will hold leftover scraps – which will eventually be converted into fertiliser.


Councillor Helen McKenna, who is convener of the environmental services committee, said: “By recycling food waste we can divert around 5,000 tonnes more waste from landfill every year, which helps us achieve the ambitious recycling targets set for us and saves money in landfill taxes.”


Billed as being clean and easy to use, the new system also aims to crack down on harmful greenhouse gases which are released from decomposing food in landfill sites.


The five-day distribution period for the bins will start next Wednesday. (14th November).


“For residents, it involves tipping any unused, leftover food or scraps into a small lined kitchen caddy. Housheolders then tie the liner and place it into a larger outside caddy which will be collected from the kerbside every week,” added Councillor McKenna.

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