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Food Waste Recycling

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Important Information

Officers have been reviewing the food waste service for flats and tenements.  This review has identified issues with bins at certain addresses being persistently contaminated with other forms of waste, which prevents the food waste from being recycled. It was also found that there was an unacceptable level of risk to staff when servicing the bins at some addresses where there are difficulties with access.

Following this review, a new collection system will be trialled in the North West of the City from Monday, August 10 which will last for eight weeks, follow a 16-day collection cycle and, if successful, could form the basis of a revised service for the whole city in the near future.

At the majority of addresses where recycling has been taking place and there are no access issues, food waste bins will be retained.

Where there have been issues with contamination and access, bins will be removed and public food waste bins provided instead. A list of these locations can be found on the Council's website. The location of these public/on street facilities means that no one will need to undertake anything other than a short walk to use these facilities.

All residents affected by this trial will be written to directly to advise of the new arrangements.

The food waste collection service for flats and tenements remains suspended in the South and North East of the city for the time being and residents there should continue to use their general waste bin for food waste.

The collection of brown recycling bins from front and back door properties (for food and garden waste) restarted on Monday 11 May 2020.

We thank you for your patience during this time.

What is it?

Approximately one third of the general waste bin comprises food waste.  This service will seek to remove this waste from the general waste bin.

The following food waste will be collected;

  • Dairy
  • Meat and bones
  • Fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Bread, cakes and pastries
  • Rice and pasta
  • Fish
  • Tea bags and coffee grounds

What should not be placed in the food waste bin?

Please do not place the following items into your food waste bin:

  • General waste
  • Food packaging
  • Oils
  • Liquids
  • Pet Litter/Animal bedding

Who is food waste recycling for?

A food waste recycling service will be provided to all households within Glasgow by April 2017.

A commercial food waste recycling service is currently available.  Please contact the commercial services team for further information.

How can I reduce my food waste?

For hints and tips on how to reduce food waste, please visit the Love Food, Hate Waste website.

The free LFHW app allows you to easily keep track of food planning, shopping, cooking meals and making the most of leftovers. It also has lots of great recipe ideas and tips for using forgotten foods and leftovers to make great tasting meals.

Where can I get replacement food waste liners?

Replacement liners are not provided by the council. Additional compostable liners can be purchased from the main supermarkets and discount stores (usually found within the aisle with other bin liners). Many on-line retailers also sell compostable liners and can be found using an internet search engine. The size of the kitchen caddy provided to all households is 5 litres.

Where can I obtain a food waste caddy?

Food waste caddies are currently not available for collection from the council offices at this time. 

Food waste collection for houses

Residents within houses and four-in-a-block, that are part of the managed weekly collection service and present their bins on the kerbside, can place food waste into the brown bin.  This bin also collects garden waste and is collected every two weeks, 12 months of the year.

Please see attached film for further information on the food waste collection service from houses.

Food waste collection from flats and tenements

Residents within flats and tenements are provided a grey wheelie bin which will predominantly be located within the backcourt area or bin storage area.  One communal wheelie bin is provided per close and the bin is serviced weekly.

Please see attached film for further information on the food waste collection service from flats and tenements.

Food waste collection from multi-storey premises

Residents within multi-storey premises are provided a large 500 litre grey bin.  This will predominantly be located adjacent to the existing recycling bins around the curtilage of the building.  One 500 litre bin is provided per block and the bin is serviced weekly.

Please see attached film for further information on the food waste collection service from multi-storey premises.

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