Any food thrown in the bin is taken to landfill to rot, producing harmful greenhouse gases and contributes to damaging the planet. Almost 1 million tonnes of food and drink is thrown away each year with over half of waste coming from households.

Edinburgh Community Food Stall, Western General Hospital

Any uneaten foods can be recycled in the food bin, including dairy, fruit/vegetables and peelings, meat, fish, shells and bones, eggs and eggshells, tea bags and coffee ground and also pet food. When food waste is recycled it can be converted into valuable fertilisers and green energy that helps power Scotland’s homes.  Finding ways to shop smarter and plan meals can help reduce the amount of foods thrown in the bin and potentially save Scottish households up to £470 a year. This would benefit the environment as much as taking almost a fifth of cars off the road!

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