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Food waste collection service for Aberdeen flats and tenements moves a step closer

30/10/12

Aberdeen City Council's Housing and Environment Committee has agreed to introduce food waste collection for Aberdeen flats and tenements, subject to funding being secured for the service.

Councillors unanimously agreed the proposal which would provide approximately 58,000 households with a food waste collection service. The service is currently offered to approximately 54,000 households, mainly in the suburbs.

In a report before the Housing and Environment Committee on Tuesday 30 October, Aberdeen City Council Waste and Recycling Manager Peter Lawrence stated that there will be a statutory requirement by 01 January 2016 for flats and tenements to be served by a food waste collection.

The report said the Scottish Government wishes to see adoption of this service as early as possible and has made funding available via Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS).

Councillors today agreed to:

Instruct officers to submit a funding application to the Zero Waste Scotland food waste programme;

Instruct officers to introduce a food waste collection service for flats and tenements, subject to securing ZWS funding.

In his report, Mr Lawrence said: "As a result of introducing a new food waste collection service for flats, the Council will further improve its diversion of biodegradable waste and increase its recycling rate.

"The additional tonnage of material likely to be diverted is approximately 1,256 tonnes per year.

"Research shows that there is usually slight decrease in tonnage as a result of food waste prevention measures, taken once residents start to use the service and become more aware of the amount of food being thrown away, and this is expected to be the case with a new service for flats."

Councillor Neil Cooney, convener of the Housing and Environment Committee, said: "This is a hugely positive step forward as we work towards meeting the needs of householders in multi-occupancy properties.

"We currently have 58,000 households which are not served by a food waste collection service which means tonnes of discarded food is ending up rotting in landfill.

"Introducing a city-wide food waste collection service like this will vastly reduce the amount of biodegradable waste sent to landfill, in turn reducing the council's carbon footprint."

Scottish households throw out around 650,000 tonnes of waste food each year. Much of this ends up in landfill sites where it breaks down to produce methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Waste food that is collected for recycling is turned into compost and used for agricultural, horticultural and landscaping purposes.