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Monday, 23 December 2019

Don’t forget – your new food waste recycling service starts in the new year


Cheshire East Council reminds residents that their new food waste recycling service will start in January.

From 6 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 that were sent to all households, for details of their collection schedule. Copies of these calendars can also be downloaded at: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/bins

The council is committed to making our community a greener, cleaner place and has acted on residents concerns about recycling and food waste. This recycling service will reduce the amount of food going to waste and make a difference to our environment.

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.”

Full details of the new service and what can and can’t be put into the food caddy were shown in the resident’s magazine – The Voice. This magazine arrived with households in November and within this is an eight-page, pull-out-and-keep food waste booklet.

A copy of this magazine is available on the council’s website at:   www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/thevoice

A new ‘Waste Watchers’ app can be downloaded from the Apple or Google Play stores, which gives advice, collection day information and news about food waste and all waste collection services. Users can also sign up for alerts, such as notifications about a missed collection due to bad weather.

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.

Information and reminders about the collection changes and the new service, starting in January 2020, will feature on Cheshire East Council’s social media pages. Please follow @CheshireEastCouncil on Facebook and @CheshireEast on Twitter to keep up-to-date.

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