Residents in Falkirk will soon have the option to have their leftovers uplifted.
According to Falkirk Council, food thrown into the bins accounts for up to a third of rubbish landfilled each year – at a cost of £789,000 to the taxpayer.
At a special meeting of the council on Monday, members agreed to introduce an ‘opt out’ food waste collection scheme, starting in April.
Initially 30,000 households will be offered the new recycling service, which could see as much as 5000 tons of food waste diverted from landfill.
It would be commercially treated and used as compost instead.
The new collection, part of the Scottish Government’s Zero Waste Regulations, will be voluntary, with householders being allowed to decline to take part.
If they do sign up to the new collection they will receive a small five-litre kitchen caddie and an external 25-litre container.
Councillor Craig R. Martin grudgingly accepted the introduction of the scheme, stating an additional waste uplift was a step too far, especially in these times of economic hardship.
He said: “You have to question the SNP Government’s priorities when it wants to spent money introducing a separate food waste collection.
‘‘It will mean a small reduction in waste going to landfill – but is that enough to justify the extra trucks needed to carry it there?”
Councillor Steven Jackson added: “How are we going to manage this when we are struggling to manage the current system?
‘‘And how will this fit in with the administration’s proposals to basically privatise the refuse collection service?”
It was stated one way to solve the issue was to use as much food as possible instead of throwing it away.
Councillor Robert Spears suggested people should follow his example and invest in a bird table, so their leftovers would not go to waste.
Provost Pat Reid said: “I think a bird recycled some of your food on my car the other day.”