FOOD caddies will be distributed to to Stratford district residents as part of a new weekly food waste collection service.
The weekly service is designed to be separate from the optional garden waste collection so food waste can go to a different facility where it can be treated at the higher temperatures required to break it down.
It is part of the new ‘123+ waste’ collection service that starts in August across South Warwickshire.
The service includes a weekly food waste collection, a fortnightly recycling collection, a three-weekly general waste collection and the subscription garden waste service every two weeks.
Stratford District Council spokesman for climate change Ian Shenton said: “The new food waste recycling service will make it easy for people to recycle their food waste every week. This will help remove any smelly waste from refuse bins and leaving more space for other rubbish.
“It will also help people realise how much food they waste each week and hopefully act as a prompt to reduce avoidable food waste, such as making the most of leftovers, planning meals and creating shopping lists and storing food correctly.”
Figures from sustainability charity WRAP suggest UK households waste some 6.5million tonnes of food every year – 4.5 million of which is edible.
It also says the average family of four can save over £60 per month by reducing their food waste.
Coun Shenton added: “From August, we will no longer be collecting food and garden waste together – each will be collected separately. It is much cheaper to compost garden waste if it is separated from cooked and raw food waste. Food waste has to be treated at much higher temperatures to kill any pathogens that could spread infections on farms.
“I know this is a change from the current service, but I am sure that residents will adapt to this variation of the new service, whilst still maintaining a weekly food waste collection service.
“Recycling as much as possible will help reduce waste, protect the environment and help us tackle climate change. We can put your waste materials to good use, and we have a legal requirement to recycle as much household waste as we reasonably can. It costs money to collect and dispose of the waste in your grey bin. Recycling all that you can helps to keep council tax down.”
Visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.com for advice and information on food waste.
And visit www.stratford.gov.uk/waste-recycling for more details on the 123+ service.