Cheshire East Council reminds residents that their new food waste recycling service starts this month.
From Monday 6th January 2020, a six-eight week roll out period will take place, where residents with a garden waste bin will receive a small green food caddy. Caddies can be used in the kitchen to collect food waste, which can then be transferred to the garden waste bin for recycling.
Residents can start recycling food waste with their caddy as soon as they receive it. An initial supply of biodegradable liners will be provided with the caddy. However use of these is optional.
Once the caddy is full, the food waste goes directly into the garden waste bin along with garden waste, with or without a liner. Food waste needs to be collected in the garden waste bin as the council is not able to collect from caddies – these are purely for kitchen use, to transfer food to the garden bin
Garden waste bins will be collected every two weeks. Residents should refer to the new collection calendars for details of their collection schedule.
Councillor Brian Roberts, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for highways and waste, said: "From January, collected mixed-food and garden waste will be taken to a special processing plant in Crewe, where it will be recycled into compost, which is used in horticulture and agriculture.
"I have been trialling use of the food waste caddy myself for a number of weeks. I had a few initial reservations on odour but I am pleased to say these reservations quickly disappeared. The system could not be simpler, with no smell from the food waste. It also made me really think about how much food I waste and what methods that I could put into place to reduce this.
"We are pleased to offer this new food waste recycling service but continue to encourage residents, to explore ways of reducing food waste though our 'Love Food, Hate Waste Campaign'.
"We encourage those with space to continue to compost at home with suitable garden and vegetable peelings. We also want to thank residents for all they are doing to reduce waste and reuse or recycle where possible."
The recent changes to bin collection days across Cheshire East were in preparation for this new food waste recycling service and to make improvements and efficiencies to the collection services.
Residents are urged not to place food waste in their garden bins until they receive the caddy in the new year.