The amount of food waste being recycled in Scotland has jumped by 40 per cent in four years, the latest figures show. Research from 2016 suggests nearly one million tonnes of uneaten food was being binned in Scotland every year. The Scottish Government has laid out aims to reduce this by a third by 2025. New reports from Zero Waste Scotland show around 158,500 tonnes of household and commercial solid food waste was collected in 2017 – up from 111,500 tonnes in 2013. Once collected, food scraps are fed into anaerobic digestion plants and converted into renewable energy. The rise in recycling has kept an extra 47,000 tonnes of uneaten food from being buried or burned, stopping an estimated 41,500 tonnes of greenhouse gases escaping into the atmosphere. The emissions saved are equivalent to taking more than 22,000 cars off the road in the UK for a year.
Scotsman 4th July 2019 read more »