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Important Information

Food waste collections from flats and tenements in the North East of the city will begin again on Monday, December 7 after the service was suspended earlier this year due to the impact of Covid-19.

This follows a successful trial of a new approach to food waste collections in North West Glasgow that started in August this year, which sought to reduce contamination of grey bins in backcourts and address risks to staff created by issues with access and stairs.

In line with the pilot in NW Glasgow, bins will be removed from just under 2,500 backcourts in NE Glasgow where there have been significant, persistent issues with contamination of bins with other kinds of waste, such as household black bin bags, or problems with access.

Food waste bins from these back courts are being removed over the course of this week and instead householders will be able to access up to 50 new publicly-sited food waste bins in addition to the 50 already stationed in NE Glasgow. Details of where to find these bins will be included in an updated version of a map on the council website that identifies publicly-sited recycling bins.

Where bins are being removed from back courts, letters have been sent to affected residents to advise them of the change in arrangements and to highlight the enhanced network of public food waste bins. Locations have been chosen to ensure those people at addresses where contamination of bins has been an issue will only have a short walk to their nearest publicly-sited bin. 

Grey bins that remain in backcourts will then be collected every 16 days, which mirrors the implementation of the £6.5m Bin Replacement Programme that is removing small, old-fashioned metal bins from 50,000 properties across the city to allow larger wheelie bins for general waste and recycling to be introduced. The programme also sees the same vehicle, driver and crew servicing the same properties on an on-going basis. 

Ensuring food waste goes forward for recycling makes it significantly cheaper to dispose of than as general waste, which happens if a food waste bin is contaminated with other kinds of rubbish. Contamination of a bin will also mean a delay to it being collected, which leads to complaints from residents.

Plans are now also being put in place for the food waste service for flats and tenements in South Glasgow with regular collections expected to begin again there in the early part of 2021. It is intended that South Glasgow food waste bins for flats will be emptied over the course of this month in recognition of the fact that some households have continued to use their grey bin.

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

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

New arrangements are currently being rolled out across the city, which seek to address persistent issues of contamination of food waste bins with other kinds of waste and safe access to bin areas for staff at a minority of addresses.

A trial of the new arrangements was successfully trialled in North West Glasgow in August, 2020 and has since been introduced in North East Glasgow in December, 2020. It is expected similar arrangements will be brought in for South Glasgow in the early part of 2021.

As part of the arrangement, an enhanced network of publicly-sited food waste bins has been created for residents at addresses where access or contamination has been an issue. Bin contamination prevents any food waste from recycled and forces it to be treated as general waste, which is a much more costly process for the council.

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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