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Food waste collection saves West Lothian Council £46,000

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West Lothian Council is set to extend its food waste collection scheme to 35 new areas later this year.

West Lothian Council is set to extend its food waste collection scheme to 35 new areas later this year.

Around 20,000 householders, including those in Linlithgow, use the weekly food waste collection and in six months diverted 450 tonnes of food waste from landfill.

From October, Philpstoun, Bridgend and Winchburgh will participate along with most of Livingston. Flats and rural areas will not be included at this time.

The council has to comply with the Waste (Scotland) Regulations which said that the process of collecting food waste from households should start in 2013 with a 
collection service for the county by January 2016.

Executive councillor for the environment, Tom Conn, commented: “West Lothian Council has to comply with the Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012.

‘‘The rollout of the food waste collection is key to helping us to achieve this goal.

‘‘The scheme was introduced in April 2013 and in the first six months 450 tonnes of food waste was diverted from landfill representing a saving of £46,000 to the council.

“The average Scottish household throws away around £470 of food each year and the food waste recycling scheme will help families to see exactly what is being wasted and should help them to cut food waste, save money and be kinder to the environment.’’

Further information will be made available to householders nearer the time.

 

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