Food recycling on its way to Midlothian

Councillor Derek Rosie came for a preview of Midlothian Council's new food waste panels on the side of its refuse vehicles
Councillor Derek Rosie came for a preview of Midlothian Council's new food waste panels on the side of its refuse vehicles

Midlothian Council is gearing up to introduce food waste recycling for households across the county from as soon as next month.

The cabinet member for recycling at the council, Councillor Derek Rosie (SNP), went along for a preview of the council’s new food waste panels on the side of its refuse vehicles.

He said: “Residents should watch out for the caddies, liners and a leaflet explaining what can and cannot be recycled in the food waste bins being delivered at the end of this month. As we can see from the picture on the bin lorry, there’s a vast range of cooked and uncooked foods that will soon be able to go in your caddies, from eggshells to peelings and used teabags.

“The external bins will be picked up every week and they are lockable, so perfectly secure.

“Plus, when residents are nearly out of liners, there’s a tag that you just attach to the outside bin to let our staff know you need more of them. ”

Householders will be given two food caddies, a small unit with liners for kitchens and the larger caddy for the kerbside. The new weekly service, which will serve more than 36,000 households but will not be available in some rural areas, could increase recycling rates by four per cent.

The food will be recycled into electricity and a type of fertiliser. Which is welcomed by Green councilor Ian Baxter, he said: “The fact that it’s going to be used to produce compost and energy means that none of the food will be wasted.It will all be re-used and recycled.

“It will also encourage people to think about what they buy. For exmaple they might not get two for one deals inc ase they don’t eat it all.

“I would like to see less food being bought which is just going to end up in waste. I think this will make people see how much food they waste.”

You can use your new food bin for: fruit and vegetables including peelings; bones; meat and fish – raw and cooked; bakery products; pasta and rice; dairy products including eggs and cheese; tea bags and coffee grounds.

You can line your food bin and/or kitchen caddy with plastic bags, compostable bags and newspaper. Do not use the food waste bin or kitchen caddy for: food product packaging including paper, card, plastic, glass or metal; liquids such as oil, milk or water; pet bedding or animal waste.