recycling food waste
How do you like my new year’s gift from Gloucester City Council? (Mrs Green will be mightily impressed). 46,000 homes in Gloucester have received one of these collection bins this week. And not one bin but two because inside is a small kitchen caddy as well. Impressive and here’s why…
Last year Gloucestershire had a landfill tax bill of £5.4 million, this year it’ll be £7 million and it’s set to rise to £10 million by 2013. Then there is the simple fact that we are running out of landfill space. Nearly a quarter of household waste in Gloucester by weight is cooked and uncooked food waste. Instead of rotting in the landfill and producing the harmful greenhouse gas methane our brown bins will be emptied every week and taken to a facility called an In Vessel Composter where our leftovers will be turned into high quality compost for use on farms.
In Vessel Composting is fully licensed to accept all types of food waste including animal by-products. We already have a firm habit of recycling our food waste but the scraps I prefer not to add to my compost bin at the allotment (egg shells, orange peel, avocado shells for example) can now be recycled too. Along with the sludgy porridge layer that’s always left on the bottom of the saucepan. The occasional bone. Mouldy cheese. And cat biscuits left languishing in the bowl in favour of a sniff and a lick of all of the above!