Food Waste Recycling

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.

When will food waste recycling be introduced?

Starting from 4 April food waste caddies, liners and instructional leaflets will start to be distributed to flats and tenements within the city.  An approximate timescale for the different geographical areas within the city is noted below.

  • North West: April - July 2016
  • North East: July - August 2016
  • South East : August - October 2016
  • South West: October - November 2016

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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