Colchester braced for food waste revolution

Colchester's new food waste scheme will mean less rubbish going to landfill

Colchester's new food waste scheme will mean less rubbish going to landfill

2:09pm Thursday 15th August 2013 in News

FOOD waste recycling is set to be rolled out across the borough from the autumn, it has been confirmed.

By the end of November more than 62,000 residents will be able to recycle their meal leftovers every week.

The scheme is designed to increase Colchester’s recycling rate, which has fallen from 40.29 per cent in 2010/11 to 40.1 per cent in 2012/13.

Martin Hunt, borough councillor responsible for waste, also hopes the new system will cut the number of black sacks put out for collection.

He said: “I am delighted to announce the start of our food waste collection.

“With such positive results from our residents participating in the year-long trial, more than 62,000 more households will now benefit and be able to recycle more.

“Recycling food waste is quick and easy, and I’m sure residents will soon see their black bag rubbish and associated smells reduce.”

About 8,000 people who live in flats will have to wait until 2014 before the scheme is extended to them.

Facilities will be phased in to apartment blocks along with new mixed plastic recycling bins.
It is understood the delay is because of a lack of space in some blocks and officers are still deciding how to fit the new bins in.

The new scheme was made possible after Colchester Council secured £2.35million from the Government in 2012 in return for keeping weekly black sack collections.

About £750,000 is understood to be used to fund the food waste roll-out.

Delivery of food waste collection kits to more than 62,000 homes will take six weeks from October 22.

The weekly collections will have begun by November 29.

Each kit contains one roll of 25 compostable kitchen bin liners and recycling information.

When they run out, residents will have to buy their own bin liners, costing about £2.50 for 20 bags, available from retailers across the borough.

To find out where to buy from go to colchester.gov.uk/foodwaste.

Residents who were not part of the food waste collection trial in 2011/12 will also receive a small kitchen caddy and larger bin to go outside.

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2:40pm Thu 15 Aug 13 jammin says…

Use nappy sacks for the kitchen caddy, loads cheaper. My neighbour wont adopt though, they still put 4-5 black bags out a week and no recycling. They're lazy!

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3:02pm Thu 15 Aug 13 Bert_Stimpson says…

The black bags given out at the moment are a joke. They are not fit for purpose. Makes you wonder how on earth the suppliers got the contract.

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3:32pm Thu 15 Aug 13 Say It As It Is OK? says…

Has this really been thought through? So it's a weekly collection but the council only provide enough bags for six months. Few households will actually go out and purchase the specific food waste bags but will use whatever is to hand. At the very least the council should provide one bag per week.

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7:35pm Thu 15 Aug 13 Feisty CBC says…

If you've got to bin food then you are buying too much.

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7:59pm Thu 15 Aug 13 Say It As It Is OK? says…

Feisty CBC wrote…

If you've got to bin food then you are buying too much.

Agree Feisty...but things like chicken bones, skin, fat and other waste items are all considered to be food waste. Plus, if anyone doesn't compost things like salad leaves and peelings these could be seen as either food or green (garden) waste. Hopefully when introduced proper guidance for residents will be available.

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11:27pm Thu 15 Aug 13 Reginald47 says…

I have relatives in various parts of Essex who have food collection already and their councils provide no bags at all and the caddies are enthusiastically filled.

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12:19pm Fri 16 Aug 13 zerowasteisthewaytogo says…

I'm amazed your Council provides you with black bags. Most Councils expect their residents to buy their own and have done for many years. I think you'll probably find that nappy bags are plastic and not compostable. Generally the info says "compostable - with the seedling logo and to BS (British Standard) EN13432". You can line bins with newspaper and kitchen roll and brown paper which is compostable. You can wrap your waste (especially anything smelly) fish-and-chips-style . Some people freeze prawn heads and tails in hot weather so they can put them in the food waste bin in paper wrapping but not any plastic at the last minute. Keep the big bin out of the sun if you can and rinse them out regularly. Put your house number on it. You won't end up with someone else's unwashed bin then and you can return each others when they are put back by mistake in the wrong place. They are a great step forward. You'll probably find you can save money because you've separated food out from other waste and can SEE what you're wasting and can think again about what and how and when you buy. Look at these websites for more help and ideas on using up leftovers: www.therubbishdiet.o rg.uk and www.myzerowaste.com and the rather official www.lovefoodhatewast e.com

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12:42pm Fri 16 Aug 13 Ritchie_Hicks says…

Say It As It Is OK? wrote…

Has this really been thought through? So it's a weekly collection but the council only provide enough bags for six months. Few households will actually go out and purchase the specific food waste bags but will use whatever is to hand. At the very least the council should provide one bag per week.

You don't have to use the bags. It's not compulsary but it does help to keep the inside and outside bins cleaner.

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4:19pm Fri 16 Aug 13 catflap1 says…

“Recycling food waste is quick and easy, and I’m sure residents will soon see their black bag rubbish and associated smells reduce.” Martin Hunt, Same amount of rubbish different bags, as for the smells ... how does this reduce them ,,,, the mans a fool.

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10:19pm Fri 16 Aug 13 Reginald47 says…

Of course he's not a fool, but maybe you are. With no food in black sacks the rubbish in them will reduce to virtually nothing. And the food waste will be in a sealed container so it won't smell and be strewn round the street. What don't you understand about that - or perhaps you just don't WANT to understand it..

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10:52pm Fri 16 Aug 13 talllboy says…

Well done CBC. I for one can't wait for food waste collections to start. I look forward to depriving foxes of their opportunity to rip my black bags apart in search of tiny amounts of chicken or fish. I presume that the benefits of providing the compostable bags for waste is that it will make the collection boxes easier and cleaner to empty by the folk on the waste cart. No matter. A brief look on ebay suggests I should be able to get enough bags to last a couple of years for a little over a fiver. Roll on November.

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10:06am Sat 17 Aug 13 Ritchie_Hicks says…

talllboy wrote…

Well done CBC. I for one can't wait for food waste collections to start. I look forward to depriving foxes of their opportunity to rip my black bags apart in search of tiny amounts of chicken or fish. I presume that the benefits of providing the compostable bags for waste is that it will make the collection boxes easier and cleaner to empty by the folk on the waste cart. No matter. A brief look on ebay suggests I should be able to get enough bags to last a couple of years for a little over a fiver. Roll on November.

Agreed. We recycle heavily and this week had so little black bag waste that I didn't put it out as it was only half full. You will see a huge reduction in your non-recyclable waste and a lot less cats/foxes ripping oper black bags...as long as everyone on your street adopts the new system, of course.

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10:58am Mon 19 Aug 13 romantic says…

It seems there are no good reasons not to do this, apart from sheer ignorance or laziness. I´m in a household of 5, and (after a fair amount of persuasion and coaxing of the kids, it has to be said) we have also managed to get down to one black bag a week. Almost everything gets recycled already, and much of what remains is food waste. We´ve managed to get that down by planning properly what we buy, composting peelings, using up leftovers in stews and soups. Once the food waste collection comes in, there will be little left to go into the black bags. The thing is that we´re not sandal-wearing tree-huggers, we´re a standard family. The extra effort required to do this is minimal. Those who have done the trial seem to think it worked well, so I say bring it on!

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10:08am Tue 20 Aug 13 Catchedicam says…

Not really going to see any benefit as the only food waste I would have would be cooked bones and stale bread, the dog eats everything else or it is composted, I would be lucky to get a bag a month to put out. My black bag goes out once a fortnight now, and its only around half full.. now plastic waste is a different story....

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11:36pm Tue 20 Aug 13 Reginald47 says…

Catchedicam wrote…

Not really going to see any benefit as the only food waste I would have would be cooked bones and stale bread, the dog eats everything else or it is composted, I would be lucky to get a bag a month to put out. My black bag goes out once a fortnight now, and its only around half full.. now plastic waste is a different story....

Where are you - you're obviously not in Colchester where black sack collection is still weekly.

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10:51am Wed 21 Aug 13 Catchedicam says…

Reginald47 wrote…

Catchedicam wrote…

Not really going to see any benefit as the only food waste I would have would be cooked bones and stale bread, the dog eats everything else or it is composted, I would be lucky to get a bag a month to put out. My black bag goes out once a fortnight now, and its only around half full.. now plastic waste is a different story....
Where are you - you're obviously not in Colchester where black sack collection is still weekly.

I don't have enough items for the black bag to put it out weekly, I only put it out fortnightly because of the food waste, if the food waste is separate I would reckon my black bag will be once a month or even once every six weeks, it would probably only be expanded polystyrene food containers in it as everything else then would be recycled.

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3:06pm Fri 30 Aug 13 zerowasteisthewaytogo says…

Plastic waste is still a nightmare - avoid it if and when you can. You may find that you can recycle plastic bags eg bread bags with the carrier bags at a larger supermarket. Only the supermarkets (who provide most of the plastic) omit to tell you this on the collection container. The British Retail Consortium on-pack recycling labelling that you will see on a lot of packaging will tell you this. This labelling is supposed to change as and when the percentages of recycling availability changes. Your Council website will probably NOT tell you what can be recycled at the supermarket. Don't just rely on the Council! Make sure your Council keeps their info up to date on the Recycle Now website! And what about trying a Green Johanna? Some Councils are now discounting these to help with food waste (and to avoid collections).

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