Around half of Scotland’s councils are helping residents go green by providing food waste recycling services, environment secretary Richard Lochhead has said.
Seventeen of the country’s 32 local authorities collect household food waste which allows leftover food to be turned into compost.
Six councils offer the service to all the households in their area, with the remaining 11 running only a partial service, although six plan to expand their food waste collection next year.
A further seven councils plan to introduce similar services next year, the environment secretary said.
The figures were disclosed by Mr Lochhead in answer to a parliamentary question from Nationalist MSP Stewart Stevenson, who described them as “a significant step forward”.