New food waste ‘bin liners’ service in Newcastle-under-Lyme

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Staffordshire council hopes the scheme will boost food waste collections

Residents in Newcastle-under-Lyme are set to see a new ‘bin liners’ service to help boost food waste collections. It is understood that a four year contract has been agreed with Biffa and Staffordshire council.

The scheme is to begin on July 4 with Biffa in charge of collecting the food waste bin liners from 55,000 households in the area. The sacks of food waste will then be sent for processing at the firm’s head (AD) Anaerobic Digestion plant, based in Cannock.

Staffordshire County Council does already collect food waste from households and has done so since 2010 but by working with Biffa, they hope that the food waste collected will increase from 3,000 tonnes per year to 3,500 tonnes.

The local authority will supply free plastic bin liners to households in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

The new scheme is in response to the new 5 pence carrier bag charge, which is believed to have had a strong impact on householder co-operation with food waste services.

12,000 households took part in a trial in which they were given the new food waste bin liners and ‘no food waste’ stickers – a promising 13 per cent increase was reported in the amount of food waste that was collected.

The head of recycling, waste and fleet services at the council, Trevor Nicoll, said: “We hope that by working with Biffa, we can raise the general issue of food waste with our residents. Together we would like to encourage families to use our food collection service more as there is still a lot of ‘unavoidable’ food waste in our residents’ general waste bins.”

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