Rochdale Borough Council yesterday (20 October) moved to three-weekly collections of residual waste in conjunction with weekly collections of food waste.
The new weekly food waste recycling service will help the council save £1m a year and drive up the borough’s low recycling rates, according to the Council.
“It is five times cheaper to recycle food waste than it is to simply throw it away in our dark green bins. Taking food waste out of the rubbish bin and recycling into compost, locally in the North West, will help us achieve the £1m saving”
The service, which will be rolled out across the borough over the next four weeks, will also see a three-weekly collection service being delivered for general waste and recyclable materials.
As the council needs to save £37m over the next two years, the savings from the new service will help protect other essential public services.
With food making up a third of the waste in the rubbish bin by weight, introducing food recycling on a weekly basis will help increase recycling from 34.5% to 45% by March 2017, the Council has predicted.
Three-Weekly Waste Collections
Councillor Jacqui Beswick, Rochdale Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “Every tonne of waste collected from the dark green bins, costs taxpayers £306.62. With the council needing to make large savings over the next two years, we need to do things differently.
“It is five times cheaper to recycle food waste than it is to simply throw it away in our dark green bins. Taking food waste out of the rubbish bin and recycling into compost, locally in the North West, will help us achieve the £1m saving.”
Neil Maver, waste and recycling manager at the council, said the new programme will make it easier for everyone to recycle: “We’ve made this as easy as possible for households by offering weekly food waste collections, delivering new silver kitchen caddies and free compostable bags.
“Households without brown recycling bins are also being provided with a free brown street caddy, which is the size of small pedal bin. The small brown street caddy is a practical size to help residents recycle their food waste.”
“Our recycling advisors are still out and about across the borough, to ensure people have information and support where they need it.”