Thank you to Anita Sharkey, Waste Education Officer for City of Edinburgh Council, who came to talk to the Eco Committee on Friday 29th November and was keen to find out about our Food Waste pilot.
Tackling food waste
exciting new recycling scheme is being piloted in four Edinburgh
schools. Food waste is to be collected and recycled to help reach the
Scottish Government’s environmental targets. The trial will to help find
out how much food waste there is in our schools. Sciennes
and Pentlans Primaries have been chosen as sites for the pilot.
If successful, food waste recycling will be rolled out across the
city. Vice-Convenor of Transport and Environment Councillor Jim Orr
supports the scheme. He said:
In order to meet our targets of recycling at least 50 per cent of our
rubbish we all have to make more of an effort. Collecting leftover food
from schools will send a fantastic message to pupils – the future
generation of recyclers.
The collected food will be recycled by anaerobic digestion at Scottish
Water’s Deerdykes facility. As well as reducing landfill waste this type
of recycling can turn waste food in to a fertiliser or a fuel-source.