Food Waste Used to Construct Commonwealth Games Venues

According to Zero Waste Scotland, some of the 50,000 tonnes of food and garden waste from households in Glasgow City, East Renfrewshire and South Lanarkshire has been used in the development of Glasgow 2014's Athletes Village.


The waste which is sent to GP Plantscape's in-vessel composting (IVC) facility in Blantyre is currently being used to feed the turf at the Athletes' Village in Dalmarnock, as well as at some of the sporting arenas.

The Athletes Village has been designed to be energy efficient with photovoltaic panels on the houses and a combined heat and power system.

Organisers of the Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014 is aiming to be a truly sustainable event and committed to minimise the amount of waste sent to landfill (diversion rate of 80%) and to recycle as much as possible.

According to Zero Waste Scotland director Iain Gulland, Scottish householders dispose of over half a million tonnes of food and drink each year. When sent to landfill this food decomposes and releases harmful greenhouse gases.

Around 57% of households in Scotland now have access to a food waste recycling service, allowing this waste to be transformed into a valuable resource, as we can see from its use at the Athletes Village.

The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games is a great opportunity for Scotland to host a truly sustainable green event, projecting a lasting legacy to be proud of, and as such it's great to see this valuable material being used in such as efficient way.

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