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Food recycling…

02 Feb

There was a minor scandal here in Edinburgh a week or so ago. When I heard I was appalled. Edinburgh Council had managed to mistakenly thrown some food waste in the landfill tip rather than going through the process that food waste goes through. It cost the Council £800. It was mistake apparently.

I don’t know if you have food recycling in your neck of the woods. I’d imagine you would because all the councils are always bragging about how green they are. We were given a black sort of bucket thing and a smaller “caddy”. We have to fill the “caddy” using a green plastic bag liner, which rots away. The bag then goes into the black bucket thing and twice a month some guys turn up and empty the black bin thing into a lorry.

Now, this whole system sort of works. We don’t have much food waste apart from peelings and maybe the odd bit of bread etc. The system isn’t great. It’s pretty smelly and nasty and we also had an infestation of the black bucket thing by some creepy crawly things.

After trying it for a while we decided that we would stop doing it. Recycling has some benefits, I think, but I don’t think the way the food waste is handled is ideal. I think it actually is a health hazard and it seems like we’re going back in time, which I suppose is what the greenies want really.

When I was young we had a brock bin. All food waste went in it. It was metal and had a metal lid and a local farmer emptied it once a week. The brock bin was for the pigs, which lived in one of the local small holdings. They seemed to really like it, the pigs I mean. The waste was put into a big drum thing and it was cooked or boiled or something and it was a bit smelly but the pigs loved it.

We aren’t allowed to do that now because it’s bad for the pigs. This is according to the EU, which knows about loads of stuff and is really good at telling us what to do on many, many subjects. I can’t say I’ve noticed a huge improvement in pork or sausages. Neither have I seem any immensely happy pigs although I should point out that I haven’t been seeking any pigs out as it were.

Anyway back to the Council. They apologised to everyone although they took some stick at wasting £800. The Greens were a bit annoyed, well they are always at least a bit annoyed but they were annoyed a bit more than usual.

Now that’s a bit odd. You see the Greens were pretty happy about the trams which cost at least 1 BILLION pounds whilst the rest of us, who are paying for them were pretty ticked. £800 versus 1 BILLION.

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2 responses to “Food recycling…

  1. Clarinda

    February 2, 2014 at 11:17 am

    What makes me cross is the total lack of any scientific integrity behind so-called sell-by dates …..even many use-by dates are just as arbitrary …. where it is calculated on the total UK waste that every UK household chucks out at least one fifth of all food based on baseless dates. I gather many supermarkets calculate profit and restocking by the turnover generated by these dates. Dear old Mary Berry just recently said that what makes food waste even worse is the total lack of food awareness and cooking skills and the cheap, BOGOF and other sales dodges used by the food business to entice us to buy far more than we need and throw it away well before it holds any danger to life or limb!

     
    • Tedious Tantrums

      February 2, 2014 at 7:52 pm

      Thanks Clarinda.
      We are amazed but the figures in food waste. We must be real Scottish meanies!
      We do have some waste but it’s few and far between.
      I’m not sure what people don’t put stuff which is nearby the use by date in their freezer? We do.
      We’re still alive!

       

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