Food waste collection expanded in Broadland

An extra 1,500 Broadland homes in Taverham, Drayton and Thorpe St. Andrew have started receiving food waste collections.

Broadland District Council was the first local authority in Norfolk to carry out separate food waste collections in 2008. Since then more than 13,500 tonnes of food waste has been collected and about 28,000 households in total can now benefit from the service.

Food waste collected from properties in Broadland is sent to the Biogen plant in Hertfordshire to be recycled via an anaerobic digestion process, generating green electricity, biofertilisers and composts.

Anaerobic digestion is an eco-friendly way of disposing of food waste and producing electricity. Biogas produced during the process is captured before it escapes into the atmosphere meaning it is much greener than disposal of food waste in general waste bins and an environmentally friendly way of producing electricity.

Cllr Judy Leggett said

“Since it started in 2008 food waste collection in Broadland has been a massive success and its expansion in Taverham, Drayton and Thorpe St. Andrew shows Broadland District Council’s commitment to environmentally friendly initiatives in waste disposal.”

Find out what you can and can’t put in your Food Waste collection here.

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