Love Your Planet - Don't Waste Food
Published Monday 24th September 2012
Households across the Borough will soon be receiving new kitchen-friendly caddies to dispose of food waste and there are so many reasons why you should take them to your hearts.
By using your caddy to dispose of food waste, you will be reducing the amount of overall waste that goes to landfill and, more importantly, doing your bit to help the planet.
Almost 50% of the total amount of food thrown away in the UK comes from our homes. We throw away 7.2 million tonnes of food every year - more than half of which we could have eaten. If we all stopped wasting food that could have been eaten, the benefit to the planet would be the equivalent of taking one in five cars off the road!
Rather than throw your food scraps into the dustbin, simply scrape them into your new kitchen caddy when it arrives, tie up the liner when it is full and then place this into your green wheelie bin. The bin will be collected as part of your usual collection rounds and taken to a processing facility where the waste will be composted and returned to the farmland.
Even better news is that green bin collections are to continue all-year round from now on meaning you can continue to make the best use of your food waste 12 months a year.
Many people do not realise that we throw away more food from our homes than packaging every year in the UK. This is staggering considering this waste currently goes to landfill. The Food Waste Collection scheme is therefore something that is needed locally to make sure food that is thrown away is put to good use rather than heading for incineration.
Homes will start to receive caddies in October along with a new collection calendar. Residents of the Borough are dedicated recyclers already so I am sure this latest initiative will be welcomed with open arms. If you would like more information about the scheme, see the latest edition of In Touch.Councillor Neil Phillips, Cabinet Member for Health and Environment
Along with the new caddy, all households will receive a starter roll of ten compostable liners and a collection calendar. Plastic carrier bags cannot be used to line the kitchen caddy.
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