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Organics Programme

Food waste represents approximately 18% of MSW, and its recovery is critical to Scotland's ability to achieve its Landfill Diversion Targets. Its collection and subsequent treatment represents additional costs to local authority collection budgets. Therefore any significant rollout of food waste collection either on its own or as part of a garden waste collection requires an understanding of the likely tonnages being recovered and at what cost.

Output 2008/09

Remade on behalf of the Scottish Government and in partnership with WRAP and WAS, has project managed 7 Councils' Food Waste Trials and provided a monthly update, an interim report as well as presenting the main findings at various events including two of WRAP's training events on Food Waste Strategy and Operations held on the 5th and the 19th March 2009. Across the Councils the trials have identified recovery rates of between 1.3 and 2.6kg/hh/wk (although it is worth noting that if only participating households are considered this can rise to at least 3.4kg/hh/wk). Recovery of 2kg/hh/wk across Scotland would divert 180,000 tonnes and contribute 5% to Scotland's overall recycling performance. A final report will be presented to Government once the detailed costs of the schemes from Councils have been obtained.


Remade Scotland also produced an Assesment of the Potential Landbank for PAS 100 Compost Report which showed that agricultural applications on their own have the ability to utilise over 27million tonnes per year of compost. However due to Quality Meat Standards restrictions, agricultural outlets are significantly restricted and currently only offer around 25,000 t/yr capacity. As a consequence the two main alternative outlets identified are:

  • Councils' own applications (infrastructure, roads, parks & gardens) - which could be stimulated by the specifying of PAS 100 compost into Council Sustainable Procurement Practices.
  • Brownfield, Derelict & Vacant Land - Planning Departments could play a major role in the development of these by imposing conditions on the developers involved in such projects
Towards Zero Waste - Remade Scotland