Weekly food waste collection trial
October 2021 update
From the first week in November, new households will receive their caddies and liners as the trial expands again. This will mean that there will be a collection round for every day of the week. Please see below a list of frequently asked questions.
A reminder to residents that if they require additional liner, remember to tie an empty liner to the handle of your outdoor caddy when you are running low and the collection crew will leave a roll behind after emptying it. If you live in a flat, please use the contact details at the bottom of the page to request more.
Purpose of the trial
The purpose of the trial is to test collecting food waste more frequently on a larger scale; to see if it increases recycling and reduces the amount of food waste collected in black bins. It is also to test whether our local composting plant can adapt their process to fully compost the bio-degradable plastic caddy liners, also on a larger scale.
How will it work?
Participants have a small kitchen caddy with bio-degradable liners, and a large outdoor caddy to empty this into, which is collected weekly at the kerbside with their other bins.
Can I join the trial if I live somewhere else?
No. If we decided to roll out weekly food waste collections to the rest of the district we will let you know. All households can have a free kitchen caddy to collect food waste to put in their green wheelie bin – you can collect one from council receptions. Please ensure you use paper caddy liners if you are putting the food waste in your green wheelie bin though.
Why can you accept corn starch/ biodegradable plastic caddy liners in the trial?
Historically we have not been able to collect food waste in bio-degradable plastic caddy liners. The purpose of the trial is to establish whether our fast composting system could be adapted to break down bio-degradable plastic liners quickly enough, and whether we can accept them in the future. We are trialling this separately in a small area and are not currently accepting liners in non-trial locations that use green wheelie bins for food.
Can I use paper bags/newspaper or plastic carrier bags to wrap my food?
As we want to test how the bio-degradable plastic liners break down, please use these for the duration of the trial. Food waste wrapped in paper bags and newspaper can be put into your green bin. Food waste wrapped in plastic bags should be put into your black bin. Plastic bags must not be used in either your green bin or your food waste caddy. Food waste wrapped in your bio-degradable plastic caddy liner should only be placed in your new outdoor food caddy. If you put bio-degradable liners in your green bin we will not be able to empty it.
I already own corn starch/bio-degradable liners, can I use these?
No. Please use the caddy liners we have supplied you with for the duration of the trial.
I already have a kitchen caddy, why are you giving me another one?
We don’t know how many residents have kept their original caddy, so we are issuing them to all residents in the trial. You can repurpose the new caddy to store useful items. If you can’t find a use for it, please contact us and we will arrange to have it collected.
Can I still put food waste in my green bin?
Ideally, we would like you to use your food waste caddy to determine the effectiveness of the trial. However, if you are lacking space or it is necessary, you can use the green bin. Please remember not to put any bio-degradable liners into the green bin.
Can I put food waste in my black bin?
Please do not put food waste in your black bin. Please use your new food caddy.
I already compost at home; do I have to use this service?
Not all food can be composted at home. Please place meat, bones, fish and dairy in your food caddy.
Where will my food waste go to?
Food waste is taken to the composting plant at the Waste Management Plant at Waterbeach, where it undergoes an intensive composting process. To test the caddy liners it will be handled separately from garden waste. The soil conditioner produced is sold for local agriculture and is also available to householders to collect free of charge.
What do I do if I run out of liners?
If you are running out of liners, please tie one to your outdoor food caddy handle when you put it out for collection and our crew will drop off more liners. Alternatively, you can email a request for additional caddy liners to email@example.com
How can I reduce my food waste?
Wasting food is a waste of money; the average household throws away £600 worth of food a year! It’s also a waste of the energy and natural resources which went into the production, packaging and transportation of that food. The Love Food Hate Waste website is full of hints and tips that can help us all to save money and food.
How can I keep my caddies clean?
Making sure the indoor caddy is lined will help keep it clean. Also, washing both caddies by hand or in the dishwasher will keep them clean and eliminate any smells.
Can I include cut flowers in my food waste caddy?
Yes. Compostable items which you would normally collect in a container inside your home to take out to your green bin can be put in your food waste caddy.
Can I include spilt/wasted pet food in my food waste caddy?
Yes, all types of waste food can be collected.
Can I use compostable plastic wrappers from magazines or supermarket fresh produce instead of the compostable plastic liners?
No. Please use only the liners we provide. Other types of liner or wrapper may differ and decompose at varying rates.
Can I include compostable plastic coffee capsules/cutlery/takeaway containers in my food waste caddy?
No. Compostable plastic items all differ, need specific conditions to break down, and decompose at varying rates.
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