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Half of food waste not being recycled

By Somerset Guardian  |  Posted: October 06, 2012

GOING GREEN: Recycling is collected by Bath and North East Somerset Council waste collectors

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Almost 10,000 tonnes of discarded food scraps have been collected by Bath and North East Somerset's from homes across the district in two years.

Food waste recycling was introduced by B&NES in October 2010 and since then the council has tried to persuade residents to use a specific container for the collection but still has some way to go after revealing half of all homes still do not recycle their leftovers.

The collections were introduced to help reduce costs to the local taxpayer through costly landfill charges, cut carbon emissions, and make the streets cleaner by avoiding leftovers being ripped out of black sacks by animals.

Councillor David Dixon (Lib Dem, Oldfield), cabinet member for neighbourhoods, praised the people who have been taking advantage of the weekly food waste collection.

Mr Dixon added: "We need to continue to hammer the message home about how important it is for people to take part because more than a third of the content of the average bin is food waste that we could recycle.

"Our monitoring tells us that half of households recycle their food waste, which leaves the other half who need more convincing.

"The council will be taking more steps to do this through our regular recycling road shows, targeted work in local communities, and reminding people through ongoing campaigning."

People can learn more about food waste recycling included a short video about how to use their container at www.bathnes.gov.uk/foodwaste or contact Council Connect for more information.

Composting is also an option to reduce food waste – more information can be found in the garden waste and compost section of www. bathnes.gov.uk/wasteservices.

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  • Bonkim2003  |  October 11 2012, 10:28AM

    WRAP data shows food waste collection efficiency is poor, and councils have embarked on this high cost service just to meet targets, also the cost of collection is several multiples of the landfill tax avoided. Moreover unless source seggregated food waste is sent to an anaerobic digester to prodece biogas, its benefits are uncertain in terms of environmental benefits. All told a service that was quite unnecessary, costly and does not contribute much to green house gas emissions if sent to high cost in-vessel composting. Scrap the service.

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