Council announces new food waste recycling service

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A new food waste recycling service for Cheshire East residents will start in January 2020.

From 6th January, people will start to receive a small green food caddy which will enable them to separate food wastefrom the rest of everyday household waste.

Residents can start using their caddy as soon as they receive it. An initial supply of biodegradable liners will be provided with the caddy, however use of these is optional.

Once the caddy is full the food waste goes directly into the garden waste bin along with garden waste, with or without a liner.

Garden waste bins will be collected every two weeks. Residents should refer to the new collection calendars, that were sent to all households, for details of their collection schedule. Copies of these calendars can also be downloaded at:

Ralph Kemp, Cheshire East Council's head of environmental services, said: "The council is committed to providing increased opportunities for recycling and to treat waste more sustainably. Recycling food waste rather than disposing of it in your black bin is the right thing to do, as it enables us to recycle it into high-quality compost and return the organic matter to the soil.

"From January, collected mixed food and garden waste will be taken to a special processing plant in Crewe, where it will be recycled into compost, which is used in horticulture and agriculture.

"We are pleased to offer this new food waste recycling service but continue to encourage residents to explore ways of reducing food waste though our 'Love Food, Hate Waste Campaign'. We encourage those with space to continue to compost at home with suitable garden and vegetable peelings.

"We also want to thank residents for all they are doing to reduce waste and reuse or recycle where possible."

Rotting food waste produces methane, which contributes to climate change. It costs twice as much to dispose of food waste in a black bin – ­ as it does to recycle food waste.

Full details of the new service and what can and can't be put into the food caddy are shown in the resident's magazine – The Voice. This magazine will start to arrive with households from 18 November and within this is an eight page, pull-out and keep, food waste booklet.

The recent changes to bin collection days across Cheshire East were in preparation for this new food waste recycling service and to make improvements and efficiencies to the collection services.

Residents are urged not to place food waste in their garden bins until they receive the caddy in the new year.



Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Stephen Mayson
Wednesday 20th November 2019 at 10:02 pm
About time
Dean Fitzpatrick
Thursday 21st November 2019 at 10:07 am
Certainly food for thought.
Jo Crinson
Thursday 21st November 2019 at 10:10 pm
Great idea and long overdue. I am all for recycling but will seriously struggle in the summer to fit food waste in my already over full green bin. The bi weekly collection means my single green bin is not even adequate for garden waste, never mind adding food waste to that too.
Ana O'Shea
Saturday 23rd November 2019 at 6:19 pm
How can this be launched in January if there is no green bin collection until February? Did I miss something?
Chris Neill
Saturday 23rd November 2019 at 9:56 pm
I,m staggered by this as well as chewing gum campaigns, and all this trivial nonsense , when Wilmslow town is choking from massive overdevelopment , traffic bombardment , and unregulated daily parking violations.
Will somebody please divert all this time, effort and money, into protecting our endangered town and residents before it is lost under ravages of mindless greed and unsustainability
You, Council, are not taking care of the people of this town you are paid to serve, and think that petty activities like these are going to make our lives better. Well they might,if you spend your well paid time as a priority,on fixing the overwhelmingly obvious mess you have created by seriously hopeless planning and lack of vision for Wilmslow.
Jonathan Follows
Sunday 24th November 2019 at 9:35 am
I have a green bin collection scheduled for Friday 20 January, the only day on which I do not have a green bin collection scheduled alongside the grey bin is Friday 3 January, which is prior to the start of the food waste collection scheme.
Jonathan Follows
Sunday 24th November 2019 at 10:02 am
I think the dates in my last post were incorrect, so I'll try again if so: I have green bin collections scheduled for Fridays 17th. & 31st. January alongside the regular grey bin collections (and then every two weeks for the duration of the calendar, which goes to October 23rd. 2020 for me currently), and the only day when I don't have a regular green bin collection is for Friday 3 January, which is before the food collection service starts anyway.

So unless I'm especially fortunate, yes, I think Ana O'Shea is missing something.
Ana O'Shea
Sunday 24th November 2019 at 2:56 pm
Yes, the calendar doesn't mention any service interruptions. I must have looked at the sticker from last year and got my dates all mixed up because I'm used to the service being interrupted for Winter. Thank you Jonathan.