Food waste collection extended in Broadland

The Food Waste collection is being extended.

Published: Monday, 30th January 2017

An extra 2,500 homes in Broadland are now receiving the food waste collection service.

Broadland District Council was the first local authority in Norfolk to carry out separate food waste collections in 2008, which started as a six-month, government-funded trial serving about 6,000 homes.

Since then, more than 9,000 tonnes of food waste have been recycled by local households.

Cllr John Fisher, Portfolio Holder for Environmental Excellence at Broadland District Council, said:

“The current scheme already diverts about 1,500 tonnes of food waste a year from landfill which contributes to our residents recycling more than 50% of all household waste they produce.

“The waste is taken to a special processing plant in Edgefield and is processed under strict conditions to provide valuable compost for local farmers.

“The scheme has had an added benefit for residents, with some telling us that seeing how much food they throw away has made them change their shopping habits.”

A leaflet explaining the food recycling service has been delivered to the 2,500 new households which will receive the collection.

The homes are spread across the district, filling in areas where the food waste service was already in operation.

Cllr Fisher said:

"Broadland District Council is committed to further expanding the service and is working on proposals to achieve this."

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