Food Waste Recycling Campaign

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is to carry out a campaign in the Market Weighton, Pocklington and Stamford Bridge area to encourage more residents to put food waste in their brown wheelie bins for composting.

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All the food and garden waste collected from residents’ brown bins is recycled into compost, however almost a third of all waste put in green bins in the East Riding is still food waste, so we are carrying out a series of trials to help spread the message and urge residents to use their brown bins instead.

Starting from Monday 14 November, waste and recycling teams will be placing tags on every green bin of around 4,000 properties in the area as a polite reminder to residents not to put food waste inside – and instead place it in their brown bin. The tags used in the trial will also direct people to where they can get advice and information on food waste including how to obtain a brown bin, kitchen caddy and caddy liners.

A similar trial carried out in Bridlington earlier this year resulted in an average decrease of around 1kg each week of waste per household in the green bin. If we were to see similar results across the whole of the East Riding, we could see a further 4,000 tonnes of waste being recycled each year.

A press release will be issued before the trial.

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