Wokingham Food Recycling A Success

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Wokingham Borough Council’s firstmonth of food waste recycling has been a huge success, with residentscollecting a staggering 383 tonnes of leftover food. That’sthe equivalent weight of more than 54 of the biggest African elephants. In thefirst four weeks, each household that received a set of caddies recycled an averageof six kilos.

The public have played a significantrole in reducing Wokingham Borough’s carbon footprint. As a result of localpeople’s efforts and enthusiasm for the new food waste recycling scheme, morethan 640 tonnes of polluting greenhouse gases have been prevented from enteringthe atmosphere through landfill. To put that into perspective, you’d have torun the average UK household for 157 years to produce 640 tonnes in greenhousegas emissions.

Wokingham Food Recycling
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Cllr Parry Batth, executive member forenvironment and leisure, said: “We’ve been blown away by local residents’enthusiasm for our new food waste recycling scheme. In just over a month peoplehave diverted 383 tonnes of leftover food away from landfill. If you’ve not yetused your caddy, I urge you to do so and join us in our fight against foodwaste.”

Wokingham Borough Council’s’ new foodwaste recycling scheme also means that by mid-June the food waste collected inApril will become more than 100 tonnes of compost, hundreds of litres of aproductive natural fertiliser for agricultural use, as well as tonnes ofharvested biogas, used as a source of renewable energy for homes andbusinesses.

Wokingham Food Recycling Information

For more information about where youcan get new caddies, liners and to see waste collection dates, visit: www.wokingham.gov.uk and search ‘waste collection dates’.