Food waste col­lec­tions to start in April

The Wokingham Paper - - NEWS -

amounts to more than 10,000 tonnes an­nu­ally.

When sent to land­fill and left to de­com­pose, food waste pro­duces meth­ane, a po­tent green­house gas.

By in­tro­duc­ing col­lec­tions, Wok­ing­ham Bor­ough Coun­cil claims it can re­duce the amount of meth­ane re­leased into the at­mos­phere and save up to £100 per tonne by di­vert­ing waste from land­fill.

The food waste will be sent to an anaer­o­bic di­ges­tion plant, which cap­tures the meth­ane cre­ated by the waste to pro­duce en­ergy and fer­tiliser.

Cllr Nor­man Jor­gensen, ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber for en­vi­ron­ment, sports, en­vi­ron­men­tal health, leisure and li­braries, said: “We’re all be­com­ing aware of the im­pact we are hav­ing on the en­vi­ron­ment and so it’s im­por­tant we do our bit. When food waste is sent to land­fill, it pro­duces meth­ane – a green­house gas 20 times more harm­ful than car­bon diox­ide.

In­tro­duc­ing food waste col­lec­tions will al­low us to re­duce the amount of meth­ane in the at­mos­phere, and re­duce how much waste we send to land­fill.”

Each house­hold will re­ceived a lock­able 23-litre kerb­side food waste con­tainer to pre­vent an­i­mals get­ting to the waste, along with a smaller kitchen caddy and a roll of caddy lin­ers. Food waste will be col­lected on a weekly ba­sis at the same time as ex­ist­ing blue bag and black box col­lec­tions, which will not change. House­holds will con­tinue to re­ceive an al­lo­ca­tion of 80 blue bags, or more for larger fam­i­lies, on an an­nual ba­sis and weekly col­lec­tions will re­main the same.

The an­nual de­liv­ery of blue bags will be slightly ear­lier next year to al­low for the in­tro­duc­tion of food waste col­lec­tions.

The new ser­vice will be pro­vided by cur­rent waste col­lec­tion providers, Ve­o­lia, who will be pro­vid­ing a new fleet to sup­port the ser­vice.

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