Why food waste collections are needed
There is an international climate change crisis and we are committed to taking steps to tackle this across our services. This includes encouraging and enabling more recycling.
We already recycle 43% of all waste but we know with food waste collection that could go up to around 50% by 2021 and 65% by 2030.
Putting rubbish into landfill not only wastes money, it also contributes to air pollution and to the long-term effects of climate change. We currently landfill 7,800 tonnes a year. Through food waste recycling we aim to reduce that by 50%.
The food waste is recycled into a liquid fertiliser used for farming and the recycling process releases methane which is used to create electricity.
Green bin collections are every 3 weeks
We have changed collection of green general waste bins from once every 2 weeks to once every 3 weeks.
Find out more on our green general waste bin page.
We are looking into the possibility of adding a food waste collection for flats and properties with communal bins from autumn 2021.
Each block of flats will be assessed before this is introduced to make sure a communal food waste bin can be accommodated. We will also need agreement from the management agent that they will take responsibility for cleaning the communal food waste bin.