Food and garden waste has been used in the construction of Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games venues, boosting the sporting event’s sustainability credentials.

Almost 50,000 tonnes of food and garden waste collected from households across Scotland over a number of years was sent to a facility where it was recycled into rich compost.

According to Zero Waste Scotland, some of this compost contributed to the development of the site for the 2014 Athletes Village and other Commonwealth Games venues.

As well as using the food and garden waste compost, the village has been designed to be energy efficient with photovoltaic panels on the houses and a combined heat and power system.

Organisers behind the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games committed the event to being truly sustainable, aiming to divert 80 percent of waste during the games and recycling as much as possible.

The Commonwealth Games run through August 3.

Courtesy Zero Waste Scotland