Food Waste

Food waste is segregated and collected for use in an anaerobic digestion facility.

What Can I Recycle?

The following items can be disposed of in the Food Waste recycling caddies:


The following items cannot be disposed of in the Food Waste recycling caddies:

The caddies should not be used for any type of packaging. Empty and dirty food packaging should be placed in the General bin.

Liquids, fats and oils should not be recycled in the food caddies as theyse are collected separately.

Recycling Procedure

Food Waste Caddies are located in kitchens and some central locations throughout the campus. The Food Waste caddies are lined with clear liners to allow for visual inspection.

The University’s cleaning staff will monitor the Food Waste caddies on a daily basis. When the caddies are full the contents will be taken outside to 240L brown wheelie bins for collection by the University’s waste management contractor. These bins are labelled Food waste. 

The external 240L food waste containers are collected weekly by the University’s waste management contractor. Food waste will then be used as input material for anaerobic digestion facility. 

For more information on what happens once food waste leaves the University please visit the What Happens to Our Waste? webpage.

Anaerobic Digestion

By disposing of food waste in the caddies provided this waste can be diverted to anaerobic digestion facility at Cumbernauld where it will be used to generate biogas for renewable energy.

Food waste which has been disposed of in General waste bin and sent to landfill will emit Methane CH4, which is a very harmful greenhouse gas, 20x times more powerful than CO2. 

Contact Details

Sustainability Team

Estates: 0141 548 2164

Staff Team Role Expertise
Roddy Yarr Assistant Director (Sustainability) Environmental Strategy
David Charles Energy Engineer Utilities, Carbon mgmt, Travel
Neil McBeth Active Travel Co-ordinator Cycling
Rabbab Oun Sustainable Labs Co-ordinator S-Labs
Cameron Mackay Environmental Projects Assistant Engagement, Garden






If you have any questions, comments or any issues with the cleaning service please contact:

Mark Lindsay, Contracts Surveyor
Tel: 0141 548 2112



If you require additional bins, desktop boxes or recycling sacks please contact:

Andrew Baillie, Cleaning Services Manager
Tel: 0141 548 4975