Food waste recycling in Scotland up 40 per cent

Food waste recycling in Scotland increased by 40 per cent between 2013 and 2017, according to new reports published by Zero Waste Scotland.

The new reports surveyed the state of the Scottish anaerobic digestion (AD) and composting sectors in 2017, and found that 158,500 tonnes of commercial and household food waste were processed in AD and composting facilities in 2017, compared to 111,500 tonnes in 2013.

These figures have been boosted by the introduction of the Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012, which, from the start of 2016, obligated businesses producing more than five kilogrammes of food waste per week to present that waste separately for collection. In addition, household food waste collections have increased across Scottish local authorities, with 80 per cent of Scottish households now having access to food waste collections.