Food waste collection expanded to 3,000 extra homes
An extra 3,000 homes in Broadland are set to start receiving a food waste collection next week – the largest expansion of the service since it began.
Broadland District Council was the first local authority in Norfolk to carry out separate food waste collections in 2008, which started as a six-month, government-funded trial serving about 6,000 homes.
Since then, more than 10,000 tonnes of food waste has been collected and the service is offered to 28,000 homes- almost half of all households in Broadland.
The expansion will happen across the district, filling in and completing areas including Hellesdon, Dussindale and Old Catton.
Cllr John Fisher, Portfolio Holder for Environmental Excellence at Broadland District Council, said: “The food waste scheme has been a real success and we are delighted to be able to expand it by another 3,000 homes. Recycling food waste is environmentally friendly, with the food being held in sealed tanks, where it breaks down creating gas. This is then be used as a fuel to generate renewable energy. Leftovers form a nutrient-rich bio-fertiliser, which is used on farmland”.
The 3,000 homes are currently receiving their two new food waste caddies which have been funded by Norfolk County Council- a small caddy for their kitchen and a larger one to be left out for collection. A leaflet explaining the food recycling process was delivered to the households last week.
For more information, visit www.broadland.gov.uk/foodwaste or call 01603 430534.