Food waste collection expanded in Broadland

Food waste service expansion

Published: Wednesday, 26th June 2019

An extra 1,500 Broadland homes in Taverham, Drayton and Thorpe St. Andrew have started receiving food waste collections.

We were the first local authority in Norfolk to carry out separate food waste collections in 2008. Since then more than 13,500 tonnes of food waste has been collected and about 28,000 households in total can now benefit from the service.

Food waste collected from properties in Broadland is sent to the Biogen plant in Hertfordshire to be recycled via an anaerobic digestion process, generating green electricity, biofertilisers and composts.

Anaerobic digestion is an eco-friendly way of disposing of food waste and producing electricity. Biogas produced during the process is captured before it escapes into the atmosphere meaning it is much greener than disposal of food waste in general waste bins and an environmentally friendly way of producing electricity.

Cllr Judy Leggett said:

“Since it started in 2008 food waste collection in Broadland has been a massive success and its expansion in Taverham, Drayton and Thorpe St. Andrew shows our commitment to environmentally friendly initiatives in waste disposal.”

Did you know?

You can reuse a plastic bag to contain food waste in your caddy. Food bags, such as bread, salad or cereal box liners are ideal. This is a great way to use plastic which would otherwise end up in your green bin. Any bags can be removed during processing and sent to an Energy from Waste (EfW) plant. We are still providing liners – to receive some please leave a note on your caddy or tie an unused liner to your caddy on collection day. Remember – while you can use plastic bags to line your food waste caddy, you cannot put plastic bags in your grey recycling bin.

What can you put in your food waste bin
  • raw food (vegetables, fruit, meat and fish)
  • cooked food (vegetables, fruit, meat and fish)
  • meat and fish bones
  • teabags and coffee grounds
  • dairy products (eggshells and cheese)
  • bread, cakes and pastries
  • rice, pasta and beans
  • out of date food
  • food scrapings from your plate
  • animal food (wet and dry cat and dog food)
  • shredded paper
What can’t you put in your food waste bin
  • any food packaging (cans, glass, trays, cartons, hard plastic)
  • liquid foods or drinks (oils, fat, gravy, milk)
  • animal waste

For more information, visit our food waste pages or call 01603 430534

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