As part of our Provenance and Sustainability policy we try to reduce waste as much as possible.

In Scotland we throw away 556,000 tonnes of food waste every year – that’s £1billion worth of food – or £430 for every house in the country.


If we stopped throwing away that food it would amount to the same drop in CO2 emissions that taking 1 in 4 cars off the road would do.

Food waste is exactly that. It’s a waste! A waste of money, a waste of energy, a waste of water and a waste of packaging!

Dumfries and Galloway is a large rural area (6,446km² or 2,490miles²) with a  much lower population density (23 / km²) than the rest of Scotland (65 / km²). This relatively large area with a sparse population presents Dumfries and Galloway Council with particular waste management challenges.

Our Council’s vision for Waste Management in Dumfries and Galloway is: “Prevention, Recycling and Recovery”

Sustainable waste management solutions with a strong emphasis on waste prevention, closed loop recycling, recovery of resources from waste and the diversion of (biodegradable) waste from landfill.

Within the school catering service we try to reduce waste as much as possible. We have introduced pre-order systems in many schools and we try to ensure that we do not overproduce food at our lunchtime service.It’s something that we should all be thinking about.


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There’s some great information on the ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ website with examples of what you can do to cut waste at home. Go and have a look –

Meanwhile, when it comes to school lunches, don’t buy more than you want to eat, and don’t bring things in your packed lunches that you know you will end up throwing away.