Between 30% and 40% of the household rubbish put into our grey bins in Reading is food waste. This often ends up in landfill where it rots and releases methane, a harmful greenhouse gas. When recycled, food waste can be turned into fertiliser for farming and energy. It’s also cheaper – every time we compost a lorry load of food instead of sending it to landfill it saves £100.
We’re introducing weekly kerbside food waste collections from October 2020. Over the coming year we’ll provide you with all the information and equipment you need to take part.
The benefits include:
- Composted food waste can be turned into electricity fertiliser for farming.
- Composting food instead of burying it in landfill reduces the amount of methane (a powerful greenhouse gas) released into the atmosphere.
- It’s cheaper – every time we compost a lorry load of food instead of sending it to landfill it saves £100.
- Separating food waste means you have more room in your black bin to put things you cannot recycle.
You will have two food waste containers, a small indoor kitchen caddy (5 litre) to put in your kitchen and a larger outdoor caddy (23 litre) for you to put outside for collection. These will be delivered to everyone’s home.
The food waste will be collected weekly.
You’ll receive more details nearer the time, including all the information and equipment you need to take part.