Council to start collecting food waste from homes in April

Council to start collecting food waste from homes in April

North East Lincolnshire Council is launching a food waste collection on one of its bin rounds, starting next month.

As part of their aim to help locals recycle more and waste less, the Council’s waste team will begin to collect food waste from 4,680 properties in the area every week from the end of April.

The chosen homes are in parts of Humberston, Sydney Sussex, Park, Yarborough and Immingham.

The Council hopes this scheme will result in people putting less rubbish in their household waste bin.

Food waste makes up about a quarter of the average household waste bin – when instead it could be recycled.

The new scheme will see the waste being taken to a special processing plant where it is used to generate energy and produce fertiliser to help crops grow.

Cllr Stewart Swinburn, portfolio holder for environment and transport at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “We are listening to people’s views on recycling and this is the next positive step to helping households recycle more.

“The transformation of recycling collections also saw the introduction of new wheelie bins for recycling last year and, from 8 March, increasing the types of plastic people can recycle at home.

“From 2023, the Government wants all councils to collect food waste separately.

“By starting the food waste pilot now, the Council is preparing households in the area for these future changes.

“We can learn more about what impact it will have and research how weekly food waste collections can be rolled out to all homes in the next few years.

“Throwing away less food at home is one of the simplest things each of us can do every day to help protect our environment.”

At the end of the month, the Council will write to the households in the pilot area to inform them about the new food waste recycling scheme.

From 19 April, a kitchen caddy, a roll of bin liners, a green outdoor food waste bin and an instruction leaflet explaining the new service will be delivered to the homes in the trial areas.

The kitchen caddy holds five litres and takes up the same amount of space as a toaster or kettle.

The outdoor bin is much smaller than a standard wheelie bin and holds 23 litres.

All householders need to do is leave the food waste bin out with their wheelie bin on their usual collection day.

Collections of the new bins will begin on Monday 26 April.

The results of the pilot will be monitored, with a longer-term view of rolling out a food waste recycling service across the entire borough.

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