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Tonnes more food waste collected in West Norfolk following Food Waste Action Week

More than 20 tonnes more food waste was collected around West Norfolk after an action week saw free bins handed out.

More West Norfolk residents put their food caddies out for collection following the fourth national Food Waste Action Week that took place at the end of March.

Free caddies and liners were distributed in Downham, Docking and Lynn by West Norfolk Council.

West Norfolk councillor Sandra Squire. Picture: West Norfolk Council
West Norfolk councillor Sandra Squire. Picture: West Norfolk Council

Cllr Sandra Squire, the borough council’s cabinet member for environment and coastal, said staff were out throughout the action week encouraging residents to make use of the weekly kerbside collections.

She said: “We visited local schools and even the full council meeting. This effort has paid off with 20 tonnes more food waste collected over the month of April.

“Collecting food waste in caddies is the most environmentally friendly thing you can do with food waste other than reducing the amount of it in the first place.”

She has urged residents to make use of the weekly collections of waste or recycling collections.

Cllr Squire added: “The average household creates between two and three kilograms of food waste every week.

“Across West Norfolk, in a year, it would be about 10,000 tonnes and I believe that we could recycle around 5,000 tonnes of that.

“Using your kitchen caddy and putting your large grey food waste caddy out for collection with your waste or recycling collection each week reduces CO2, can create electricity to power our homes, and creates nutrient-rich biofertilizer used by farmers to grow crops.”

Barry Brandford, waste and recycling manager at the borough council, said we recycle 1,800 tonnes of food waste each year in West Norfolk - but prior to the pandemic, we were recycling more than 3,000 tonnes.

He said: “We need your help to make sure that food waste doesn’t end up in the refuse bin.

“The increase we’ve had since we encouraged residents to use their caddy needs to be sustained.

“Please put your caddy out for collection every week with your waste or recycling collection.”

Residents who have lost or misplaced their kitchen caddy or large grey outdoor food waste bin can ask for a free replacement at west-norfolk.gov.uk/yourbins or call 0330 1099220.

Kitchen food waste caddies can be lined with old plastic carrier bags, bread bags, fruit and veg bags, and other freezer/sandwich bags - or use these to put food waste in.

This will keep their caddy and outside bin clean and hygienic - and also provide an additional use for single-use plastic bags.

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