A scheme which aims to cut food waste from restaurants by offering branded “doggy bags” has been launched in four towns and cities in Scotland.

According to a report by BBC News, Zero Waste Scotland’s Good to Go initiative, which is being piloted at 11 restaurants in Glasgow, Edinburgh, East Kilbride and Irvine, aims to reduce the stigma of asking to take leftovers home.

The body’s research shows most diners would like to see doggy bags offered in restaurants, but are too embarrassed to ask for them. Figures show that the equivalent of one in six restaurant meals is thrown away.

Iain Gulland, director of Zero Waste Scotland, said: “Over 53,000 tonnes of food is thrown away in restaurants in Scotland each year, which is not only a huge waste of money, it’s also a huge waste of good food and the energy and water that went into producing it. Research shows that most people want to take leftovers home to enjoy later, but are embarrassed to ask, so the Good to Go pilot is all about making it a normal, mainstream thing to do.”