Wirral Council Proposes Food Recycling Service

bernie food recyclingWirral Council has announced proposals to invest in a new, weekly, household food recycling service that will see leftover food turned into fuel.

Residents will be given a small caddy to store in their home, a supply of liner bags and a small container for the bagged food waste, which can then be left out for collection every week alongside whatever other bin is due for collection that day.

The proposal is contained in a report going to the Council’s ruling Cabinet this week. The report sets out options for the future operation of domestic refuse collections and recommends that the proposals go out to public consultation before any final decision is made.

“In Wirral, we estimate we need to reduce residual waste by 16,000 tonnes to help us achieve our challenging target of recycling 50% of household waste by 2020.”

In addition to the introduction of a food recycling service, the other major decision to be made is to how to adapt the residual waste collections accordingly.

The options for consultation are whether to replace the current green bins with a new, slightly smaller bin following the introduction of the food recycling service, or to move to a three-weekly collection schedule for residual waste only.

Consultation will begin in mid-July for six weeks – full details of how residents can get involved will be issued nearer the time. Changes to collections will not take effect until next year.

Cllr Bernie Mooney, Wirral Council Cabinet member for Environment, said: “The evidence from looking at what we throw away in Wirral shows that almost 40% of rubbish that goes in the green waste bins is food, so by investing in a food recycling collection service we will significantly boost our recycling rate.

“That is the compelling evidence we have seen in every other area which has invested in a household food waste collection service.

“In Wirral, we estimate we need to reduce residual waste by 16,000 tonnes to help us achieve our challenging target of recycling 50% of household waste by 2020.”

Food Waste In Numbers

(from WRAP’s survey, Household Food and Drink Waste in the UK 2012)

  • 2m tonnes of avoidable food and drink is wasted each year, worth £12.5bn or £470 per household per year at 2012 food prices – approximately 14% of your shopping budget.
  • Had this food waste been recycled local authorities would have saved a combined £85m in avoided landfill tax and gate fees in 2012.
  • The associated savings in greenhouse gas emissions would have amounted to 4.4m tonnes of CO2 equivalents; the same as would be saved from taking 1.8m cars off UK roads.
  • The 7m tonnes of food and drink waste thrown away from our homes in 2012 would have been enough to fill Wembley Stadium nine times over. It represents 19%, by weight, of food and drink brought into the home.
  • All types of food can be recycled – everything from raw vegetable scraps and tea bags to egg shells and even cooked or raw meat and bones.
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