Glaswegian homeowners will soon be asked to recycle their food waste as part of a new government scheme, reports.

An initial nine-month trial will see 47,000 homes tasked with recycling their food waste, before the scheme is rolled out across the rest of the city. The scheme’s success could go on to influence other local authorities across Scotland, following the passing of legislation which means all residents must be provided with the facilities to recycle food waste by January 2016.

By 2020, meanwhile, landfills will be completely banned from accepting organic material.

Those in Glasgow who will benefit from a kerbside collection service will be provided with two recycling bins, one of five litres to be kept inside and another 25-litre bin to be left outside. Residents must then transfer the food waste from the smaller bin to the large one, from which it will be collected.

Food waste which will be collected could include both raw and cooked meat such as fat and bones, eggs, all dairy products, vegetables (both raw and cooked), fish, fruit, bread, rice, pasta, cooking oil and even pet food.

The scheme follows on from similar operations being trialled in North Lanarkshire, Edinburgh, Dundee and Falkirk.

“If, as a result of the trial, a separate food waste collection is introduced citywide, almost 12,000 tonnes of food wastes will be diverted from landfill and on an annual basis,” Glasgow City Council’s sustainability and transport spokesperson, Jim Coleman, told

“This will contribute about 4.9 per cent to the household recycling rate citywide.”

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