Why we are doing a food waste recycling trial

Food waste recycling trial

Nearly 4,000 households across South Kesteven are taking part in a food waste collection trial in a bid to reduce the amount of food we waste, reduce the amount of recycling that is rejected because it is contaminated with food and help reduce the cost to taxpayers of current disposal methods.

Around 1.3kg of waste per week is expected from each property in the SKDC trial, amounting to a possible 320 tonnes a year.

People scrape uneaten food and food waste into their kitchen caddy and when it's full tip it into the outside container.

Bread, meat, fish, peelings, dairy products, egg shells, teabags, plate scrapings and any food past its use-by date is accepted under the scheme.

Anaerobic digestion uses microorganisms to break down food waste, animal manure, slurries and energy crops in the absence of oxygen, inside an enclosed system.

As it breaks down it gives off methane, which is collected and converted into biogas and used to generate electricity, heat or transport fuels. It also creates a nutrient-rich digestate that can be used as a fertiliser for agriculture and in land regeneration.

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Councils across Lincolnshire are looking at different ways to meet waste and recycling challenges - and food waste collections may become a permanent part of this, as they are in other parts of the country.

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The scheme is run in conjunction with Lincolnshire County Council and includes parts of Grantham, Stamford, Bourne and several surrounding villages, covering 4,000 homes in all.

Households involved have a small caddy to keep in their kitchen and a larger one for outside their house, which they put out for collection. Householders simply use the small kitchen caddy and when that's full, empty it into a 23-litre lockable roadside container, which is emptied every week, regardless of which wheelie bin week it is.

The food waste is taken to a waste transfer station before there is enough to take to a local anaerobic digestion plant, where it will be treated and turned into a soil conditioner, with by-product gases being turned into electricity.

The households chosen are based around refuse collection round three and take in a mixture of urban and rural properties across the district. The food waste collection and recycling is funded by Lincolnshire County Council on behalf of the Lincolnshire Waste Partnership.

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