Green: Food

Food waste bins are located at all cafes across the University. Otherwise, the grey General Waste bin should be used to ensure the recycling bins remain uncontaminated.

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  • Cooked food
  • Uncooked/raw food                         
  • Plate scrapings
  • Meat
  • Fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Compostable packaging 
  • Compostable disposable drinks cups 
  • Biodegradable plastics

Compostable packaging must not be placed in green Food Waste bins. Compostable packing is required to be processed using in-vessel composting - the University's general waste contractor is not able to utilise this technology due to the scale of food waste they are collecting across the city of Edinburgh. Instead they send all the University's food waste to anaerobic digestion, and compostable packaging cannot be treated in this way and would be removed from the food waste stream (as a contaminant) and sent as refuse-derived fuel.