Food waste collection could come to borough
September 26, 2012
The council has pledged to look at introducing food waste collections throughout the borough in a bid to increase recycling.
Councillors agreed to examine the cost of running the service and issuing home composting boxes, as well as discovering the benefits to homeowners.
At a meeting of the council on Thursday, September 20, the Liberal Democrats put forward a motion stating councillors will introduce a food waste recycling system within the next four years in a bid to reduce landfill taxes.
Councillor Prue Bray, leader of the Lib Dems, said: “We are keen to pursue this – the fact we asked about it a year ago tells you it is not something we have just thought of.
“We understand there may be costs implications and that the re3 waste disposal arrangement means introducing food waste collection is not straightforward.
“We also know there are many residents who would welcome food waste collection.”
Cllr Angus Ross, executive member for environment, said: “This council wants to recycle as much as possible and we want healthy, clean environments around our homes.
“We haven’t to date considered it in any detail because we are following residents’ wishes to maintain weekly household waste collections.
“Our current re3 contract has no facility for collecting this waste, so once collected it will go to landfill.”
Cllr Ross put forward an amended motion, which was accepted by the opposition and given unanimous approval, stating the council will ‘investigate the costs of food waste recycling and the availability of a processing facility, acknowledging the additional significant cost to the council. Also, to investigate the costs and benefits to residents of home composting boxes’.
Lib Dem Cllr Lindsay Ferris said: “I don’t think a lot of councillors here realise the potential cost of not recycling food waste.
“At the moment we have an allowance for 20,000 tonnes in landfill and that will fall to 13,000 tonnes in 2020. The council therefore has to reduce its landfill by one third.
“I have discovered of the rubbish going to landfill 30 to 35 per cent is food waste.
“I don’t think the 13,000 tonnes target will be achievable if we don’t do something with food waste.”