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Council food waste move backed by new report

A cartoon of two big and small food waste bins

Published: Thursday, 9th November 2017

A report from the recycling charity FWRAP (Food Waste Recycling Action Plan) says using ordinary plastic bags in food waste caddies increases the amount of food waste being collected.

The report outlines a new guide to assist anaerobic digestion operators which says that by working closely with local authorities, they can ensure they have the right technology and systems in place to make it easier for people to recycle food waste.

The borough council's cabinet member for Environment, Cllr Ian Devereux, endorsed the report saying: "We recently announced that for some time we have been working closely with our contractor, Biogen, to be able to offer local residents the opportunity to use ordinary plastic bags to line their food caddies.

"Hopefully, now that it's cheaper, easier, and more hygienic, we will see more residents using their food waste caddies ."

Food waste that goes to the Biogen anaerobic digestion plant is used to create natural fertiliser for farmers, and methane gas that is burnt to generate electricity.

"Residents can still use their compostable bags until they run out, but after that they can use any plastic bag they like. That's why the council is no longer selling compostable bags," added Cllr Devereux.

The full FWRAP report is available, with other information about food waste, on the WRAP website

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