Launch of South Kesteven District Council Food Waste Recycling Trial

A new food waste collection trial launches on Monday (4 June) when the contents of food caddies from selected households across South Kesteven will be collected for recycling.

SKDC Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Dr Peter Moseley, was at the depot in Grantham to take delivery of South Kesteven District Council's new refuse collection vehicle, which has a separate pod to keep food waste from mixing with regular waste.

The year-long trial to 4,700 homes in the district is the first of its kind in Lincolnshire, and is being delivered by SKDC and funded by Lincolnshire County Council on behalf of the Lincolnshire Waste Partnership.

Together they are taking positive steps to actively look at how we protect the environment and meet the challenges of disposing of our waste.

Cllr Moseley said: "Experience elsewhere shows food waste recycling also has the benefit of reducing the amount of food waste contaminating recycling, as well as giving other direct and indirect benefits to councils and households.

"These include reducing the tonnage going to the busy Energy from Waste facility for disposal, and food waste recycling can save families money by showing how much food they waste, gives a greener way to dispose of waste, and creates electricity and fertiliser in the process.

"Recycling has always been very important; we hope as many as possible of those residents we have invited will join in with this food waste trial."

Ahead of the trial, all the households involved were issued with a small (seven-litre) kitchen caddy and larger (23L) outdoor caddy ready for collection vehicles to pick up their food waste and take it away for recycling into electricity and soil conditioner.

South Kesteven District Council also engaged with the local community through drop-ins, letters, local media, TV and on the authority's website southkesteven.gov.uk/foodwaste

The County Council and the seven district councils already work together as the Lincolnshire Waste Partnership with the aim of reducing overall waste, and to promote re-use and recycling.

The Partnership is keen to explore ways in which waste can be diverted away from the county's busy Energy from Waste facility, beginning with food waste, which is thought to make up to 40% of the weight of black bin waste. Before this trial, food waste collection was not offered in Lincolnshire.

Cllr Eddy Poll, Lincolnshire County Council's Executive Member for Commercial and Environmental Management, said: "We are listening to households before deciding what might be the best waste solutions for Lincolnshire.

"It is very important to us that residents engage with this trial, so that we can fully understand the best way forward for the county's waste management."

Nearly half of the county's waste is processed at the EFW facility in North Hykeham. Less than five per cent is sent to landfill.

PICTURE CAPTION: The SKDC Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Dr Peter Moseley (right), and Lincolnshire County Council's Assistant Portfolio Holder for Commercial and Environmental Management, Councillor Daniel McNally, with the new food waste collection vehicle.

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