66 Tonnes Of Food Waste Collected In First Week

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Last week Wokingham Borough residentsexperienced the first collection of their food waste as part of the council’sinitiative to increase our recycling rates.

In the first week of the scheme, some66 tonnes were collected. This means that a good percentage of the 64,000delivered caddies were used.

Missed Collections

We apologise if some individualaddresses were missed. We are doing our best to remedy this as quickly aspossible. You can collect caddies and liners from various locations across theborough. To find your nearest visit www.wokingham.gov.uk and search ‘food waste’. If you areunable to collect them yourself please let us know via the online contact usform (www.wokingham.gov.uk/contact-us) andwe will ensure delivery.

In the Wokingham Borough, some 30% ofour blue bag rubbish is food waste. We hope to reduce this to 15% with the foodwaste scheme. This will help us recycle more of your waste, diverting it fromthe most expensive disposal costs and bringing our total recycling rates closerto 50%. From 2020, it is likely that councils not reaching a 50% recycling ratewill be fined up to £500,000 per annum.

By reducing our food waste we also cutthe levels of methane in the atmosphere. Methane is a dangerous greenhouse gasand by collecting food waste we can turn that methane into energy to use asfuel. The caddy liners are also recycled and used to generate electricity usingEnergy from Waste (EfW) technology.

“We would like to say a huge thank youto all of our residents who have started recycling their food waste,” said SarahHollamby, director of locality and customer services. Last week’s collectionshave showed great promise for our food waste recycling scheme. We’ve had lotsof useful feedback and I’m so impressed by the enthusiasm of our residents forjoining us in our fight to reduce Wokingham’s carbon footprint.

“There’s always room for improvementhowever, and I urge everyone who hasn’t used their caddy yet to join us. Themore food waste we can recycle the better for our environment.”

Further Details

For more details on where you can getnew caddies and liners, as well as your food waste collection dates, go to www.wokingham.gov.uk and search ‘food waste’.