Starting next week we will be rolling out a new weekly kerbside food waste recycling service to houses in the south of Central Bedfordshire.
This initiative follows our waste consultation in 2018, which revealed that residents were overwhelmingly supportive of recycling and wanted the option to recycle more of their waste.
After considering the feedback our Executive Committee agreed to make it easier for residents to recycle. A new contract was started earlier this year which included food waste collection across the south of Central Bedfordshire.
A small 23-litre outdoor food waste bin, smaller indoor kitchen caddy and a roll of food waste caddy liners will be provided to all households. Leaflets will also be delivered to houses explaining how to use the bins and which food items can and can’t be included in the collection.
Bin deliveries will commence from Monday 16 November and its anticipated this will take four weeks to deliver to all participating areas. As soon as residents receive their bin, they can start using it, with collections starting on their next normal refuse or recycling collection day.
Nearly 25% of the contents of an average general waste bin is made up of food waste and this scheme will provide an opportunity for households to increase the amount they recycle.
UK households throw away 4.5 million tonnes of edible food a year and individual households are throwing out on average £540 worth each year. If everyone in Central Bedfordshire recycled their food waste, this would save the same amount of carbon needed to power more than 1,500 homes for a year.
The food waste collected will be treated at an anaerobic digestion plant using a safe biological process in which food is broken down by micro-organisms to produce renewable energy and a nutrient-rich biofertilizer.
For further details and top recycling tips visit www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/recycling. For tips and recipes to help you waste less food and save money, visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.com.