Zero-waste food plan

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COUNCILS across Scotland are to be encouraged to follow Edinburgh’s example and start food recycling as part of a zero-waste strategy.

The city council has been awarded £1.3 million this year – the first funding from the government’s £4m food waste programme – to make food waste collections across the Capital, the first city to do so. Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said: “Edinburgh households produce around 40,000 tonnes of food waste each year – this equates to 254 plates of food per minutes being thrown in the bin.”