An army of volunteers is needed to help spread the word about the benefits of home composting and reducing food waste throughout Cheshire East.
Currently, around a third of Cheshire East’s black bins contain food that has either gone off or has been rejected at the dinner table.
The Council would like to hear from people who can advise and encourage local residents to reduce waste, home compost and make the most of leftover food.
Waste Reduction Volunteers (WRVs) will receive a day’s training from the Council and are then invited to ‘spread the word’ about home composting and the national Love Food, Hate Waste programme at local events, schools and community projects.
The volunteer scheme is being run by Cheshire East and Cheshire West and Chester councils and the next induction training session will take place on Saturday, May 19, at Delamere Forest Park, Northwich.
Councillor Rod Menlove, Cabinet member with responsibility for environmental services, said: “Becoming a Waste Reduction Volunteer is fun, engaging and extremely worthwhile.
“Not only will your efforts help divert needless amounts of food and organic waste from going to landfill, the training will also help people plan their food shopping more carefully and save money in the long term – up to £50 per month for a family of four.
“I would urge anyone with an interest in the environment and some time to spare to consider becoming a WRV.”
Each volunteer will receive training, travel expenses and membership of the WRV reward scheme.
Anyone interested in becoming a WRV should log on to: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/recycling and sign up, or telephone the project coordinator on: 01270 686094.