Sunday 10 June 2012

Council bid to increase food waste collection

Brent Council is to bid for government funding to extend the collection of food waste to326 blocks of flats  (8,600 households) and to distribute biodegradable caddy liners to street level homes to sustain and increase recycling of food waste.

The bid is worth £312,638 over three years and is part of the government funding to encourage weekly waste collections. Brent officers in their report reject that as a proposition for residual waste and recycling claiming that the present scheme fortnightly scheme is a success and saves a projected £1m annually. Food waste is collected weekly alongside garden waste.

Officers warn that the funding is already over-subscribed so it is by no means certain that Brent's bid will be successful.

Although the extension to flats is welcome I would hope that in line with the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle slogan that the Council will also encourage the reduction of food waste through an educational process that could involve families and retailers. There are many ideas on Love Food Hate Waste LINK

I would also be interested to find out if food waste is collected for composting from all Brent's schools.

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