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Food recycling trial taking place across Glossopdale
Friday 1st September 2017 @ 06:30 by Adam Higgins
Glossop Chronicle News

Every year in the United Kingdom, enough food to fill Wembley Stadium to the brim seven times over is thrown away.

But food waste can be composted and the more food that is recycled, the cheaper the costs of disposing waste becomes.

High Peak residents have already demonstrated willingness to recycle but a third of the waste we’re putting in our black bins is food – that’s potentially over 6,000 tonnes of food waste that can be recycled in the green lidded bins.

Now, High Peak Borough Council and Derbyshire County Council have teamed up to launch a trial, aimed at helping residents to increase food recycling rates.

Around 7,000 households in Glossopdale are taking part in the six-month trial which has seen properties receive either a supply of compostable liners, or liners and a caddy, together with a leaflet reminding them how easy recycling is.

Councillor John Haken, Executive Councillor for Operational Services, said: “Whilst it’s easy to recycle and compost food waste it seems that many people are still putting this waste in their black bins.

“This trial in Glossopdale will help us to establish whether people find it more convenient to recycle more of their food waste if we provide them with the means to do so easily.

“I hope those households in the trail area take part so that we can all work together to reduce food waste and to increase the amount of it we’re recycling. I’d like to thank people in advance for their help with this.”

Foods that can be recycled include:

  • Meat and fish – raw and cooked including bones
  • Fruit and vegetables – raw and cooked
  • All dairy produce such as eggs and cheese
  • Bread, cakes and pastries
  • Rice, pasta and beans
  • Uneaten food from your plates and dishes

The contents of the green-lidded bins are taken to a specialised composting plant in Buxton where, in around seven weeks, it has been turned into compost which is used for soil improvement and landscape.

For more information about recycling visit www.highpeak.gov.uk/hp/bins and there’s more details of the food waste trail at www.highpeak.gov.uk/foodwaste.