Don't Waste Your Food
Published Thursday 13th September 2012
Scraping dinnertime leftovers from the plate into the waste bin will become a thing of the past in homes across Nuneaton and Bedworth when a new scheme is introduced in the coming months.
From October, residents will be able to dispose of all their food waste in a compact, kitchen-friendly caddy which can then be emptied into your green wheelie bin ready for collection.
The Council is also pleased to announce that green bin collections are to continue on a 12-monthly basis, as opposed to the existing nine-month regime, in a move that has long been wanted by people of the Borough.
The new Food Waste Collection Scheme is the latest initiative designed to drive up the amount of rubbish that is recycled in homes throughout the Borough and is likely to be greeted with approval by residents who currently have to dispose of all food waste in black wheelie bins. The venture has been made possible as the green bins will in the future be taken to a different processing facility where the waste will be composted and returned to the farmland. Waste which is thrown in black bins will continue to go for incineration.
Each home in the Borough will receive a five-litre caddy designed not to take up too much space in your kitchen. Food waste can be scraped into the caddy and then transferred to green bins. Virtually all food waste, apart from liquids, can be emptied into the caddy. On delivery of the caddy, every household will also receive a starter roll of ten compostable liners.
To find out more about the caddy, including what food waste it takes, see the latest edition of In Touch which is currently being delivered to homes in the Borough and is also available on the Council website.
Many residents have for a long time asked why they are unable to recycle food scraps when they can recycle just about everything else. Now we are using a different processing facility, the recycling of food waste has become possible. This is great news for the Borough and will undoubtedly be welcomed just as the three-bin collection scheme was at the tail end of last year. That scheme has only served to increase the amount of rubbish that is recycled and I expect this latest initiative to do likewise.Councillor Neil Phillips, Cabinet Member for Health & Environment
All households will also be given a new collection calendar at the same time as their kitchen caddy, giving details of green bin collection days and information on the new scheme.
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