New food recycling interventions to be rolled out in Essex

Health / Fri 23rd Jun 2023 at 02:58pm

ESSEX authorities are working together to increase the amount of food recycled at the kerbside.

New interventions to increase food recycling at the kerbside will be shortly introduced across the county.

Around 26% of food waste in Essex currently ends up in the general rubbish bin before going to landfill. From July, eligible households will receive a sticker for their general rubbish bin. They will also receive a roll of caddy liners and a leaflet about food recycling.

These interventions have helped other authorities increase food recycling by up to 20%. They are being rolled out in Essex in three phases, starting next month. The first phase will target eligible households in Braintree, Colchester and Epping Forest.

Councillor Malcolm Buckley, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Waste Reduction and Recycling, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for us to increase the amount of food waste recycled at the kerbside. Food doesn’t harmlessly break down when it goes to landfill. It releases methane, which is a harmful greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change.

“Disposing of food waste in landfill is also very costly. In fact, it’s costing Essex taxpayers £9 million a year to dispose of. By recycling food waste, we can save money and invest it in other essential services.

“Recycling food waste also has the added benefit of generating energy and fertiliser which can be used in farming across Essex.”

Essex County Council is working in partnership with local authorities across the county on the project.

For more information about recycling food waste, visit www.loveessex.org/food-recycling.

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4 Comments for New food recycling interventions to be rolled out in Essex:

Paula Longman
2023-06-24 15:08:50

Maggots big problem in hot weather. Disgusting.

Christine Playford
2023-06-25 08:20:42

I put my green bag for recycling food into my freezer and add to it throughout the week. I retrieve it night before collect is due. No smell, no flies or maggots.

Muriel Jemison
2023-06-25 11:44:52

Surely instead of this, it would be far better to train people to waste less. I realise not everyone has room for a compost bin, but that is one possibility. Sadly, of course, learning to cook, budget & shop wisely is not considered important enough to be on the National Curriculum.

2023-06-27 17:21:59

We already have this in Basildon it is okay but bins are not very strong so break when bin men chuck them about. Not enough enforcement officers to make people do rubbish separation correctly.

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