Food waste recycling scheme to be expanded this spring

Food waste recycling scheme to be expanded this spring

North East Lincolnshire Council are expanding their food recycling scheme this spring, meaning more households can help the environment.

Last April the council started collecting food waste on a weekly basis in a recycling pilot.

Households included in the pilot received a lockable outdoor bin and a small caddy for their kitchen

The original pilot included 4,680 homes in five different wards.

Now, a further 900 households in Sydney Sussex, Yarborough, Humberston, and Park wards will be included in the scheme.

The number of bins set out in the council’s pilot is currently one of the highest in the country at roughly 53 percent.

On average, each household is recycling 3.26kg of food waste per week, which otherwise they would have put in their household waste bin.

According to the UK government, all councils should be collecting household waste by 2025.

Cllr Stewart Swinburn, portfolio holder for Environment and Transport, said: “I’m grateful to everyone taking part in the food waste pilot for recycling as much as they can.

“I urge all those households who are now receiving their food waste bins to give it a go and see the difference it makes.

“Last year, we surveyed those taking part and found households to be overwhelmingly supportive of the scheme.

“We wrote to about 4,680 households and received 1,059 responses. Eighty-nine percent said they recycled food waste every week and 79 percent said that recycling was important to them.

“Households gave us a lot of valuable feedback about the pilot and this will help us plan how we might roll out the service across the borough in the coming years.”

Last year recycling in North East Lincolnshire rose by four percent, with the amount of household being collected dropping by 3,000 tonnes.

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