Stop the food waste collection scheme

I'm sure the Council will respond that collecting food waste was mandated by Edinburgh. But who agrees with me that wasting food in any significant quantity just should not happen? I raised this with our local Councillor at a Community Council meeting and EVERYONE present agreed that they all avoid wasting food by buying the right amount, basing meals on things which need to be used up, cooking the right amount, using left-overs in next day's meals, feeding to the dog, etc, etc. If the Scottish Government is interested in promoting health and prosperity I believe that, rather than encouraging wastefulness by forcing councils to collect and process food waste, they should instead use public funds for public education in reducing and even eliminating wasting food. For example, a truly dreadful amount of food is thrown away because people are confused by 'Display until' and Best before' labels on food.

Why the contribution is important

People could live 'better for less' if they were shown how to plan their shopping and meal preparation. The council would save money and resources by stopping the food waste collection service.

by Taxpayer on December 07, 2015 at 03:09PM

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  • Posted by Borderer December 07, 2015 at 18:34

    This is a Scottish Government scheme which has no opt option, so SBC has no choice but to comply.
  • Posted by Taxpayer December 08, 2015 at 09:21

    Exactly the answer I predicted. But surely in a democracy the Scottish Government CAN be challenged? For example, judicial review. If a policy is daft and immoral, that policy should be challenged. We the public OWN the government as well as the local authority.
  • Posted by bduff December 09, 2015 at 21:23

    It would make more sense to teach people how to avoid food waste
  • Posted by Local123 December 17, 2015 at 15:02

    I was surprised to be presented with a bin for food waste and I pondered just how much this scheme cost?
    I believe it's pretty well a useless spend and that money could have been spent else where
    Wether it was a Scottish Government policy or not, there surely was an option to challenge that.
    Removing the garden waste scheme was a huge mistake for many households, especially older adults.
    I believe services such as the Employment Support Service could be managed and delivered in a much more manageable and successful manner
  • Posted by teej January 19, 2016 at 18:35

    I use the food waste scheme and think it is a great idea. I do NOT waste food but I do not eat chicken bones, eggshells or fish bones; all stuff that can be put in the food waste and be used for various things instead of sitting in landfill and creating gas, smelling and attracting vermin etc. I would go as far as extend recycling to bring back garden and glass collections, paid for by reducing black bin collections to monthly. If your bin is full MOST people are not recycling properly.
  • Posted by waterworks March 29, 2016 at 13:59

    I started using the food waste scheme with a good will but now I find I'm the only person dropping bags into our communal outdoors bin - and I suspect this is for purely practical reasons. The bio-degradable bags supplied for the little indoor bins are an awkward shape (difficult to tie up) and just too small for many needs, such as a chicken, duck or turkey carcass. More to the point, these bags ARE NOT WATERPROOF. I am tired of finding nasty liquids seeping out of them into a bin that I'm asked to keep in my nice clean kitchen. More mess and smells are not the road to eco-friendly food management. I heard recently that Councils having introduced the scheme in Northern England have since withdrawn it - an omen for us??
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