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Communal Food Waste Recycling Frequently Asked Questions

Communal Food Waste Recycling Frequently Asked Questions

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Communal Food Waste Recycling Frequently Asked Questions
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FOOD WASTE RECYCLING – FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONSContents:
OPERATIONAL INFORMATION– what is happening and whenBENEFITS– why it is good to use the serviceCONCERNS– common concernsCOMMUNICATIONS– how we are letting residents know
OPERATIONALWhat is happening?
From March 2013, we are expanding our food waste recycling service to a further35,000 flats and tenements across the city. This means that the vast majority of cityhouseholds will have access to this recycling service.
When will my area receive food waste recycling?
These are provisional dates that may be subject to change.AreaProvisional date for the start ofcollections - week beginning (w/b)Ward 4 Forth w/b 25 March 2013Ward 5 Inverleith w/b 25 March 2013Ward 17 Portobello/Craigmillar w/b 25 March 2013Ward 12 Leith Walk w/b 1 April 2013Ward 13 Leith w/b 1 April 2013Ward 14 Craigentinny/Duddingston w/b 1 April 2013AreaProvisional date for the start ofcollections - week beginning (w/b)Ward 16 Liberton/Gilmerton w/b 22 April 2013Ward 15 Southside/Newington w/b 29 April to w/c 10 May 2013Ward 10 Meadows/Morningside w/b 13 May to w/c 24 May 2013Ward 9 Fountainbridge/Craiglockhart w/b 27 May to w/c 7 June 2013Ward 8 Colinton/Fairmilehead w/b 17 June 2013Ward 7 Sighthill/Gorgie w/b 17 June to 28 June 2013Ward 6 Corstophine/Murrayfield w/b 1 July 2013Ward 2 Pentland Hills w/b 1 July 2013Ward 3 Drum Brae/Gyle w/b 8 July 2013Ward 1 Almond w/b 8 July 2013
 
What can I put in my bin?YES PLEASE
All the following cooked/uncooked foods:
NO THANKS
✓ 
beans, pasta and rice
✓ 
bread, cakes and other bakery items
✓ 
dairy items, such as cheese
✓ 
eggs and egg shells
✓ 
fruit and vegetables, including peelings
✓ 
meat and fish, including bones
✓ 
tea bags and coffee grounds
✓ 
fast food such as chips, burgers andpizzas
✗ 
food packaging
✗ 
liquids (including milk and cooking oil)
✗ 
garden waste
✗ 
black bags or bin liners
✗ 
animal waste/bedding
How do I find out where my nearest communal bin is?
You can call us on 0131 529 3030 to find out where you nearest bin is located.We will also be looking to update the details on the Recycle for Scotland websitewww.recycleforscotland.comin the near future. This website has details of where youcan recycle different items across Edinburgh.
What can I use to line my caddy?
You can use old plastic bags, such as carrier bags, sandwich bags or even old breadbags.You can also use compostable liners or newspaper.
I don’t have room for another bin in my kitchen.
We have provided the smallest caddy that will also allow enough space to take theaverage amount of food waste.
Can I just tip the contents of my caddy into the communal bin?
No please make sure that you have lined your caddy with either old plastic bag,newspaper or a compostable liner. Tie this liner and put this into the communal bin.Please do not put loose food into the bin.
I don’t want to use the food waste service so can I opt out?
We strongly encourage you to make use of this recycling service, and are notcurrently running an opt-out service. Although we cannot enforce anyone to makeuse of any of our recycling services.With food waste making up a third of the average bin, this is all waste that can berecycled. When food waste gets set to landfill it produces harmful gases that damageour environment, and the cost of landfill tax is rising year on year.
 
By using the new service you will help make a difference to our environment andreduce the money we spend on sending waste to landfill.
BENEFITSWhy are you bringing this new service in?
The Scottish Government’s Zero Waste Plan required that all Scottish LocalAuthorities have to provide a Food Waste collection service by 2013.
Will this save money?
Yes as we currently pay more than £8 million in tax on the waste that we send tolandfill. This is the equivalent amount it costs to pay for more than 10,000 hours ofcare at home for a vulnerable adult in Edinburgh per week, for a year.By recycling food waste we are diverting it from landfill, therefore saving money.We currently throwaway approximately 30,000 tonnes of food waste each year, all ofwhich could be recycled, which would save us approximately £1.8 million by divertingit from landfill.
What happens to our food waste recycling?
Food waste is taken to Scottish Water Horizons Deerdykes Anaerobic Digestionfacility in Cumbernauld. Through a combination of anaerobic digestion and in-vesselcomposting it is turned into liquid fertiliser and compost and creates biogas that isconverted into energy.
How can I find out more about reducing the amount of food waste I have?
There is lots of useful information on how to reduce food waste and tips for reusingleftovers.Visit these websiteshttp://www.greenerscotland.org/  http://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/  http://www.changeworks.org.uk/  www.edinburgh.gov.uk/recycle Or call us on 0131 5293030 and we can put you in touch with one of our advisers.

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