Council aims to cut waste and increasing food waste collection will soon be the norm

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 13:09 GMT on Friday, 2nd November 2012.

NORTH Lanarkshire Council have announced the arrangements for a number of information sessions which will allow residents to find out more about how their new food waste recycling scheme is being run.

North Lanarkshire Council are introducing the weekly collection in Airdrie, Coatbridge, Cumbernauld, Kilsyth, Stepps and Moodiesburn in November.

"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," commented Councillor Helen McKenna, Convener of the Environmental Services Committee.

"For residents, it involves tipping any unused, leftover food or scraps into a small lined kitchen caddy. Then tie the liner and place it into a larger outside caddy which will be collected from the kerbside every week. Food waste will be recycled to create green energy or a fertiliser used by Scottish farmers, and at the same time it helps reduce harmful greenhouse gases which are released from decomposing food in landfill sites.

"It's clean and easy to use, so get involved and come along to find out more."

The information sessions will take place on:

  • Tuesday 30 October 9.30am - 4.30pm Airdrie Library
  • Wednesday 31 October 10.00am - 4.00pm Asda Cumbernauld
  • Thursday 1 November 9.30am - 2.30pm Kilsyth Library
  • Thursday 1 November 9.00am - 12.30pm Coatbridge Library
  • Friday 2 November 10.00am - 4.00pm Tesco Craigmarloch
  • Saturday 3 November 9.00am - 1.00pm Asda Coatbridge
  • Monday 5 November 9.30am - 4.30pm Condorrat Library
  • Monday 5 November 9.30am - 4.30pm Chryston Library
  • Tuesday 6 November 1.00pm - 5.00pm Coatbridge Library
  • Wednesday 7 November 4.00pm - 8.00pm Asda Coatbridge
  • Thursday 8 November 1.00pm - 5.00pm Stepps Library
  • Thursday 8 November 4.00pm - 8.00pm Tesco Cumbernauld
  • Friday 9 November 9.00am - 10.00am Moodiesburn Library
  • Friday 9 November 10.00am - 4.00pm Airdrie Health Centre
  • Saturday 10 November 9.00am - 1.00pm Tesco Coatbridge

The new food waste collection has been introduced by North Lanarkshire Council with support from Zero Waste Scotland and the pilot is being rolled out throughout North Lanarkshire over the next six months.

Residents in the Cumbernauld, Kilsyth, Airdrie and Coatbridge will start receiving their caddies and more information in November.

Iain Gulland, Director, Zero Waste Scotland said: "Scottish householders throw away around 566,000 tonnes of food waste every year, costing the average household an estimated £430 per year. By planning meals and storing food appropriately, much of this waste can be avoided. However some food waste simply can't be avoided, like chicken bones and banana skins, and recycling this is far better than sending it to landfill. Recycling food waste produces green energy and a nutrient-rich fertiliser.