Household food waste recycling starts in September

Household food waste recycling starts in September

Residents in Telford and Wrekin will get their first chance to choose to recycle their leftovers and kitchen waste with the introduction of a new, weekly food waste kerbside collection service.

The service, which is free, starts in September and means that, for the first time, householders across the borough will have a service dedicated to recycling food waste.

Food waste that is collected will be converted into energy and fertiliser, further helping to boost the borough’s recycling rates.

The service will be run by Veolia, Telford & Wrekin Council’s recycling and waste partner. As well as introducing a new food waste service, Veolia will also be re-routing some bin collection rounds from September to provide a more efficient service with a lower carbon footprint.

Each household will be given a kitchen caddy for their food waste, which comes with a supply of free biodegradable liners, as well as a larger outdoor caddy which can be presented at the kerbside every week.

Similar food services across the country have proved popular and have led to increases in recycling rates.

Steve Mitchell, Veolia’s West Midlands Director, said: “We are excited to introduce this new weekly food waste recycling service to residents as it will help us to create more resources from our rubbish. It will also encourage us, as a borough to think more about the food we throw away.

“We are hoping that residents will recycle as much as possible in their new caddies, including plate scrapings and food that’s gone past its ‘use by’ date.

“We’ve also been looking at the collection routes to see if we can improve efficiencies there. As a result there will be a collection day change for some households from September as we continue to ensure that we are offering an efficient and economic service.”

Councillor Richard Overton, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for recycling, said: “The kerbside recycling service has proved popular with residents and has boosted the amount recycled in the borough. Expanding our recycling collection service to include an optional food waste means we can recycle even more. Thank you to everyone who chooses to recycle, small changes really do make a huge difference. I also wanted to remind everyone of the opportunity to donate any unwanted food that is still perfectly fine to our local food banks.”

Householders can expect to have their new food caddies delivered from the middle of August onwards. They will receive a helpful user guide on how to make the best use of the new service along with a supply of caddy liners. They will also receive their annual calendars which will advise them of their bin collection day.

24 thoughts on “Household food waste recycling starts in September

  • June 4, 2019 at 10:38 am
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    It’ll start well, then as ever, the council will reduce it to a two weekly service, meaning boxes full of stinking rotting food lining the street, no doubt nosed through by cats/fox’s/birds etc.

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  • June 4, 2019 at 10:40 am
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    About bloody time. Suppose they need to do something with the steep council tax rise we had this year.

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  • June 4, 2019 at 10:43 am
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    They’ve had this weekly in somerset and works well. It’s about time.

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  • June 4, 2019 at 10:46 am
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    Wonder if it will increase rats

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  • June 4, 2019 at 10:46 am
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    Samantha Moore saved the rest of that Chinese for it?

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  • June 4, 2019 at 10:47 am
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    Sounds good but how long before the bun men decide they cant be arsed or council decide to go to fortnightly collection and we end up with smelly streets

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  • June 4, 2019 at 10:49 am
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    We had this a few years ago with the little green bins and the it stopped

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  • June 4, 2019 at 10:51 am
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    Will the liners be replaced or is it expected each household purchase more once the initial supply has been used?

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  • June 4, 2019 at 10:55 am
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    Absolutely great idea!!
    Less to go to landfill ❤❤❤

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  • June 4, 2019 at 10:55 am
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    Cats are gonna love this…..

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  • June 4, 2019 at 10:57 am
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    Edd Barratt Valerie Ball

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  • June 4, 2019 at 5:19 pm
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    Presumably the outdoor caddy will be rodent and urban fox resistant ?
    I compost anyway, but I’ll take the free caddies.

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  • June 5, 2019 at 12:07 am
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    Didn’t work in wolverhampton. Hope it works in Telford

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