Published: Friday, 7th July 2017
Using food waste caddies for left-over and waste food just got a whole lot easier thanks to changes to the processing technology.
There is no need to purchase compostable caddy liners anymore as any small bag, such as carrier bags, bread bags, fruit and vegetable bags and other freezer/sandwich bags can be used to line the bin or to put food waste in.
The borough council's cabinet member for Environment, Councillor Ian Devereux, said: "We've been working with our contractors to make it easier and more convenient for our residents to recycle food waste using old plastic bags. The new technology used by the council's food waste contractor Biogen means that all liners and packaging are now stripped out during the processing.
"This makes it much easier for people as they don't have to remember to buy compostable bags from us or other retailers, they can reuse any bags they may have around the house. Over the next few weeks we will phase out the sale of compostable bags as they will no longer be required.
"I hope that this change will encourage more residents to take up the food waste service as it is a great way to prevent waste from going into landfill."
Food waste should be placed in some sort of bag or wrapping before it is placed into the food waste bin, as this prevents food from sticking to the bin and keeps the bins fresher. Under the revised contract, food not placed in some form of wrapping in the bin may result in the food waste bin not being collected.
Residents are also being reminded that they can gain additional points (and possibly prizes) from the Recycle Rewards Scheme by logging into their accounts and signing up to the pledges on food waste.
If you don't have an account yet, you can still open one by going to https://westnorfolk.localgreenpoints.com to earn points (and prizes) for yourself and your community.
Biogen's state-of-the-art de-packaging technology separates out the bags and packaging leaving the organic waste behind, which is then used as fertiliser on agricultural land. The food waste also generates methane gas, which is collected and cleanly burnt to produce electricity. The remaining plastic is then subjected to a full recovery operation.
Residents who need a food waste caddy can apply for one online on our waste and recycling page.