South Ayrshire Council’s new food waste recycling service begins this Monday

The delivery of more than 84,000 recycling caddies will get underway from Monday (19 August) as South Ayrshire Council launches its first-ever food waste recycling service.

Around 42,000 main door properties in Ayr, Girvan, Maybole, Prestwick and Troon will each receive two distinctive silver recycling ‘caddies’ over the next five weeks, which can be used right away to recycle food leftovers and scraps.

The new food waste recycling service – funded by Zero Waste Scotland – is simple and easy to use: food waste goes into the small caddy that can be kept on kitchen worktops, which is then in turn transferred into the larger outdoor caddy. The outdoor caddies are then emptied by the Council every week.

All food waste – cooked and uncooked – can be put into the caddies, even bones. So whether it’s out of date food from the fridge or cupboards, leftovers from food preparation or what’s left over from dinner, it can all be recycled.

The new caddies – and an information leaflet showing how to use them and what day they will be emptied – will be delivered to all homes included in the scheme between 19 August and 20 September 2013. Once delivered, residents can start using them right away, with the first collections taking place the following week.

Councillor John McDowall, South Ayrshire Council’s Portfolio Holder for Sustainability and Environment, said: “The new caddies will make a big difference for our residents and take a huge amount of waste out of the green bins – and away from landfill.

“All cooked and uncooked food waste can go into the caddies – bread, dairy, fish, fruit, meat and bones, rice and pasta, tea bags and coffee grounds, and vegetables, so it doesn’t matter how picky your palate – your leftovers can go into the caddies.

“And what’s really interesting about the new service is that the food waste collected will be digested at a special processing plant and used to generate renewable heat and power, which will feed into the national grid – so your leftover dinners can help keep you warm this winter!

“Recycling your food waste is so easy to do, so make sure you start doing it as soon as you receive your recycling caddies over the next few weeks.”