West Linton schools bid to cut food waste

Pupils at ther two schools are taking on the 'zero waste challenge' this week.
Pupils at ther two schools are taking on the 'zero waste challenge' this week.

Two schools in a Peeblesshire village are leading the way in the Borders by aiming to reduce their food waste to zero this week.

West Linton and Newlands primary schools are at taking on the ‘zero waste challenge’ as part of project involving a local farm.

The idea coincides with European Week for Waste Reduction.

Over the summer, pupils worked with community growers on Whitmuir Farm at Lamancha to produce 537 kilos of fruit and vegetables.

This week the project launches the first rural food waste collection pilot in the Borders, collecting food waste from 60 households for recycling and composting on the farm.

Families are collecting their food waste caddies this week and the children are aiming to reduce lunch time food waste.

All the food waste they do produce will be converted into compost that can then be used for next year’s growing.

The project is being funded for one year through the Climate Challenge Fund.

Heather Anderson, owner of Whitmuir Farm said: “We are so proud of the kids and all the work they have done this year.

“Thanks to our brilliant project manager, Kate Orchard, the children and teachers are now really thinking about the impact of food production and food waste on the planet and making choices about how we should use our land.”