A staggering £400,000 a year of taxpayers money is being wasted in Moray in landfill tax.
Now the local authority has issued a festive appeal to households to recycle any Christmas leftovers as part of a drive to vastly reduce the amount of food waste being dumped at the council’s Dallachy landfill site – and save the cash-strapped council money.
It is estimated that around 5000 tonnes of food waste from Moray homes finds its way into landfill every year when it could – and should – have gone for recycling.
That alone costs council taxpayers in Moray around £400,000 a year in landfill tax to the Scottish Government.
Now staff in the council’s waste management section are giving a timely reminder to coincide with the festive period that the remains of the Christmas turkey – along with other leftovers from the dinner table – should be deposited in the brown waste bin for recycling.
Recycling officer Fiona Burnett said: “Households throw away a huge amount of food and drink every year, especially over Christmas and New Year.
“More than half of the materials which go to landfill at Dallachy are capable of being recycled - and a large proportion of that is food waste.
“We throw away more food and drink each year than we do packaging and much of it ends up in landfill because people put it in their green bin instead of where it should go, which is their brown bin.
“Most people use the brown bin primarily for garden waste, which is fine. But it is also where food waste should be deposited so that it can be recycled.”
For those who do not have a garden or a standard 240 litre brown bin, Moray Council can provide smaller plastic containers where waste food can be deposited.
All manner of food waste can be placed in the brown bin for recycling, including fruit and veg, bread, pasta, rice, cheese, eggs, yoghurt, raw and cooked meat and fish, tea bags and even pet food.
However, care should be taken to remove all packaging which may be suitable for recycling elsewhere.
Moray Council area stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Forres in the west. The council and its 4,500 employees respond to the needs of 92,500 residents in this beautiful part of Scotland, which nestles between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands.
Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live.