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Scottish_composting_recycling_and_re-use_2016Scottish recycling, composting and re-use of waste from all sources has rocketed past the 60% milestone for the first time. That was the key finding of Official Statistics published recently by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).

  • Scottish recycling, composting and re-use of waste from all sources rockets past 60% for the first time.
  • Food recycling and anaerobic digestion increased 20% from 2015 –
    a 78.1% increase since 2011.
  • Lowest quantity of Scottish waste landfilled since 2011.

In 2016, 6.96 million tonnes (61%) of waste was recycled, composted or prepared for re-use, over half a million tonnes more than in 2015.

What’s more, 2016 also saw more households and businesses recycle food waste as 605,614 tonnes of organic wastes was recycled in composting or anaerobic digestion facilities – an increase of 102,580 tonnes (20.4%) from 2015 statistics and a 78.1% boost since 2011.

Total waste generated in Scotland fell by over half a million tonnes (0.53m tonnes) since 2015, with Scotland achieving the lowest quantity of waste being landfilled since 2011 – a 10.3% decrease from 2015.


Glasgow food 1Glasgow has launched the first of a major new initiative aimed at recycling and cutting the amount of waste it sends to landfill. The Council has started to deliver kitchen waste caddies to kerbside households across the city, distributing approximately 12,000 each week. Residents will then be able to deposit their food waste from the new caddy into their brown garden waste bins for fortnightly collection. The new service will be rolled out between now and early April to cover all 113,500 kerbside properties across Glasgow.

Initial food waste collections will be phased in across kerbside households in the North West area of the city between now and mid-February. This follows on from a successful pilot project that ran from July 2013 to July 2014 in the North West area. Food waste, once collected, will go to two processing plants for conversion into compost and electricity.

In addition to the city-wide kerbside food waste collections, Glasgow is also improving its recycling services for tenements and other flatted properties, rolling out additional blue bins as well as food waste collection services for these households later this year. All the new services and investment are designed to make it easier for Glasgow’s residents to actively recycle more of their waste.

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Anniesland_RocketAs part of the Glasgow Local Food Network Propagate Spring and Summer programme we are hosting a ‘Meet The Rocket’ event! The purpose of the event is to provide participants with an overview of the operation of a successful closed-loop in-vessel composting project and how this produces a high quality compost from food waste, including meat.

propagate Spring Summer Programme(5)The event will be held from 5.30-8.30pm on Tuesday 12 May 2015 at Glasgow Clyde College Anniesland Campus . The event is free to attend and limited to 24 people and we ask that you reserve a place by emailing or visit the Facebook event page

Participants will hear about the practical operation of the process including a tour of the operational site where they will be able to get hands on with the composting process.

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Now in its third year, Anniesland Garden Show has show gardens created by Landscape Design and Construction students at Anniesland College as well as plant sales and other related activities. This year’s show AnnieslandGardenShow2013_03has an environmental theme and the gardens cover a wide range of topics from environmental destruction to growing your own, encouraging wildlife and waste reduction.

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As part of our monthly newsletter (you can subscribe here) we have a section called Friend Focus where we highlight the great work that is being undertaken by one of the many organisations that we work with.

This month’s Friend Focus is on Anniesland College, which is based in a new state-of-the-art campus on Hatfield Drive.

We have been working with Anniesland College for a good few years now on a range of different projects including:

  • Food waste composting
  • Bike fleet maintenance service
  • Pedal powered electricity generators
  • Attending their volunteer days and science days

The food waste composting project, which was originally funded by the Climate Challenge Fund, has so far diverted over 10 tonnes of food waste from landfill. Food waste is collected from various locations across the new College campus including the canteen, the student training kitchen, staff rooms, the coffee shop and the kids nursery.

The food waste is then mixed with waste wood shavings from the construction department and then all processed in a Rocket A900 in-vessel composter (shown below). This processes the waste material and turns it into a great compost product that is used by the horticulture department as a growing medium.

The students at the College have also helped put together the generators that we use for our pedal powered smoothie machine.

You can find out more about the courses on offer at the College on their website and you can read the latest about the proposed merger with Cardonald and Langside Colleges here.













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