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West Norfolk residents urged to get back in caddy habit as food waste collections resume




People in West Norfolk are being urged to start using their food waste bins again when the service resumes next week.

Weekly food waste collections will restart in the borough on Monday, when remaining Covid restrictions are lifted.

Borough council officials have been unable to run the service since April last year, because of the pandemic.

Residents are being encouraged to get back into the habit of using their kitchen caddies, left, and outdoor food waste bins.
Residents are being encouraged to get back into the habit of using their kitchen caddies, left, and outdoor food waste bins.

But Paul Kunes, the authority's environment portfolio holder said today: “I’m delighted to see food waste collections resume as quickly as they possibly can, from day one of us moving to step 4.

“Collections were suspended when social distancing rules were introduced, and we had to limit the number of crew in our waste and recycling vehicles.

“From 19 July we can add an extra crew member to each collection team and reintroduce the weekly food waste collection.”

He added: “Before the suspension our residents were recycling 3,000 tonnes of food waste each year.

“I urge them to get back into the habit and please start putting their larger outdoor food waste bin out with their waste or recycling collection every week.”

Mr Kunes had indicated the authority's intention to resume the collections at the council's meeting last Thursday, though confirmation of the move only followed the final decision to lift restrictions.

Food waste collected goes to an anaerobic digester where it naturally produces methane gas, which is then used to generate electricity.

The material left at the end of the process is then used as fertiliser, reducing the use of chemicals on farmland.

Anyone who needs a replacement caddy or outdoor food waste bin can order one by visiting www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/foodwaste.



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