More residents living in flats in the centre of Bath will be able to recycle their food waste for the first time when new containers arrive on their doorsteps.
Bath & North East Somerset Council is delivering food waste caddies, green boxes, blue card bags and small reusable rubbish bags to more than 75 flats in the city, where residents have not been able to recycle their food waste before.
The council’s waste education team will also be knocking on the residents’ doors on 11th and 13th November to help people use the new containers correctly and advise which waste materials can be recycled.
Councillor David Wood, joint cabinet member for Neighbourhood Services and the Climate Emergency, said: “Last year we collected an impressive 6,500 tonnes of food waste from people’s homes but we are always looking to help people recycle more.
“We rolled out our food waste recycling programme to 250 flats across the district in September and the extra 75 flats that will receive containers this week will enable those residents to help the environment and keep our streets cleaner.
“With the right containers, recycling is an easy process and I encourage people to use their new kitchen caddies, recycling boxes and bags.”
Instead of throwing food waste in rubbish, people will get a kitchen caddy to store food waste in.
Everyday household plastic bags, except the thicker bags for life, including plastic potato bags and plastic bread bags can be used to line the kitchen caddy to keep it clean.
Compostable liners, newspaper or paper bags can also be used.
People are able to recycle all raw and cooked food waste including fruit and vegetable peelings, plate scrapings and bones.
The food waste is taken to a local processing plant, GENeco in Avonmouth, where it is turned into bio-fertiliser for use on agricultural land. The treatment process also generates renewable energy.