Thursday 6th February 2014
Every year, avoidable food waste costs the Scottish public over £1 billion and creates harmful greenhouse gases. Preventing this waste could help cut carbon emissions equal to taking one car in four off Scotland’s roads.
Scotland throws away 630,000 tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year and most of this could have been eaten. Reducing this waste would save £470 a year for the average household – almost £40 every month! That’s why a new campaign from the Scottish Government is encouraging people across Scotland to cut their food waste and recycle what we can’t use.
The Scottish Government has committed to ambitious climate change targets of a 42 per cent reduction in greenhouse emissions by 2020 and an 80 per cent reduction by 2050. This includes a ban on food waste, from landfill by the end of 2020, which will help reduce emissions.
In January, new waste regulation rules came into effect for Scottish businesses making it compulsory for all businesses in Scotland to recycle key materials including food waste.
The 8 week campaign aims to cut food waste to create a greener, cleaner Scotland now and for the future.
To find out a bit more, you can watch the new TV ad here.
For more tips and information on wasting less food, recycling and local food waste collections services in your area go to www.greenerscotland.org
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