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SKDC launches food waste trial

By John Lavery

Coun Dr Peter Moseley, right, and Coun Daniel McNally with the new food waste collection vehicle
Coun Dr Peter Moseley, right, and Coun Daniel McNally with the new food waste collection vehicle

A new food waste collection trial is to be launched on Monday when the contents of food caddies from selected households across South Kesteven will be collected for recycling.

The year-long trial, which involves 4,700 homes in the district, is the first of its kind in Lincolnshire, and is being delivered by South Kesteven District Council and funded by Lincolnshire County Council on behalf of the Lincolnshire Waste Partnership.

SKDC has a new refuse collection vehicle with a separate pod to keep food waste from mixing with regular waste.

Cabinet member for environment, Coun Dr Peter Moseley, said: "Experience shows food waste recycling also has the benefit of reducing the amount of food waste contaminating recycling, as well as giving other direct and indirect benefits to councils and households.

"We hope as many as possible of those residents we have invited will join in with this food waste trial."

All the households involved have been issued with a small (seven-litre) kitchen caddy and larger (23L) outdoor caddy in which to put out their food waste, which will be recycled into electricity and soil conditioner.

The County Council and the seven district councils work together as the Lincolnshire Waste Partnership to reduce waste, and to promote re-use and recycling.

Coun Eddy Poll, LCC's executive member for commercial and environmental management, said: "It is important residents engage with this trial, so we can fully understand the best way forward for the county's waste management."

The Partnership is keen to explore ways in which waste can be diverted from the county's Energy from Waste facility, beginning with food waste, which makes up to 40 per cent of the weight of black bin waste.

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