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Council aims to increase appetite for food recycling

Posted on : 13 Jul 2018

Council aims to increase appetite for food recycling

Caerphilly county borough residents will receive a visit from a recycling advisor representing Caerphilly County Borough Council beginning next week, as part of a new campaign aimed at encouraging more households to participate in the weekly food waste recycling scheme.

The new campaign has been developed to increase participation of food waste recycling, with around 50% of residents currently taking part. The recycling advisors will work with residents to increase this figure.
All recycling advisors will have clearly marked identification badges.

This year as part of the drive to recycle more a prize scheme (sponsored by local businesses) is being introduced to reward those who are using their food waste caddy collection service correctly.

Cllr Nigel George, Cabinet Member for Community and Leisure Services said, “Currently around 50% of residents take part in the weekly food waste collection scheme, but it would be fantastic if we could increase this figure. Food waste caddies are provided to all households free of charge and I really hope through this campaign residents will see just how easy it is to participate in the food waste recycling scheme. We’re already one of the top areas in Wales for recycling, but for our children’s future and their children’s future we need to do even more”.

The Welsh Government has set ambitious targets which require councils to recycle at least 64% of all waste collected by 2019/20 and 70% by 2024/25. Failure to do so could lead to significant fines being imposed of up to £1 million.

Food recycling has two environmental benefits. Firstly the gases produced during reprocessing create energy. Secondly the residue from this process produces fertiliser used in agriculture.

You can request a free food waste caddy or to check your food waste collection day on this website.

Recycling advisors will also have food caddies available during their door step visits.

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