Food waste will fertilise flower displays at Gardening Scotland – and save gardeners money

Zero Waste Scotland announces partnership working with Gardening Scotland’s Cookery Theatre

3 Apr 12

Keen gardeners from across Scotland will hear all about the potential benefits of reducing and recycling food waste at Gardening Scotland 2012.

Zero Waste Scotland, the organisation set up to support the Scottish Government’s drive towards a zero waste society, is working in partnership with Gardening Scotland to engage people about food waste in the Cookery Theatre.

The Zero Waste Scotland Cookery Theatre will host demonstrations from some of Scotland’s most talented chefs, who will give tips on how to make the most of fresh, seasonal produce.   Reducing avoidable food waste could save the average Scottish household £430 every year. 

For the first time, the Cookery Theatre will also promote food waste recycling to show how kitchen scraps can be transformed into a fertiliser suitable for use in gardens and on farms.  Compost derived from food waste recycling is being used in Gardening Scotland’s gardens and floral exhibits.

Jon Molyneux from Zero Waste Scotland said:

“It’s easy to take action to reduce food waste.  Taking simple steps like writing a shopping list, cooking the right amounts, and storing food correctly make a big difference.  No one wants to waste money or see good food going in the bin.  Visit our new improved website, for more tips to start saving money.   

“Sometimes food waste can’t be avoided, for example inedible chicken bones and banana skins.  Recycling this food waste is far better for the environment than sending it to landfill.  In landfill sites, food decomposes to release greenhouse gases which can cause harm to the environment.  Recycling it creates green energy and turns the food waste into a product which can be used as a fertiliser.

“Fertiliser and energy created from food waste recycling can benefit Scotland’s economy as well as the environment.  That’s why recycling our unavoidable food waste is very important and we are supporting many local authorities roll-out kerbside food waste recycling services in communities across Scotland.”

Gardening Scotland, the national gardening and outdoor living show, will take place from Friday 1 June until Sunday 3 June at The Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh.  The Zero Waste Scotland Cookery Theatre will host demonstrations across the weekend. 

Gardening Scotland organiser, Martin Dare, says: “We are delighted that Zero Waste Scotland will be present in the Cookery Theatre and passing on to visitors their clear message about the simple steps we can all take to throw less away and recycle more.”

The Show itself will also be doing its bit by introducing new recycling measures for visitors and exhibitors to the event.  Visitors will be asked to separate recyclable waste , including cardboard, paper and plastic bottles in new recycling bins across the showground.

More than 40,000 visitors are expected to attend Gardening Scotland 2012 where 400 exhibitors will be selling plants, patio furniture and all the other essentials for a beautiful garden.

The show’s organisers will be asking every exhibitor to pledge to recycle as much of their waste as possible and, as always all the compost used to create the inspirational Show Gardens and floral exhibits will be processed to allow it to be used again.

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