Ten thousand tonne target for recycled food in Bath
The amount of food waste which has been recycled in Bath and north east Somerset is expected to top 10,000 tonnes by the end of the year.
The scheme, which was introduced almost two years ago, has proved an overwhelming success, although the local authority is calling for still more to be done.
Councillor David Dixon, B&NES Council's cabinet member for neighbourhoods, said people using their specialist food waste containers reduced the authority's landfill charges bill, cut carbon emissions and made the streets tidier because fewer black bags were ripped open by birds and animals.
He said: "It is excellent news that so many households are taking advantage of the council's weekly food waste recycling service. Reaching the 10,000-tonne barrier by the end of the year would be a terrific community achievement.
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"People tell us that they are pleased with the service being so easy and convenient, mainly using compostable liners for things like fruit, bread, and peelings, although virtually all food can be put out for collection."
However he added that around half the households in the Bath area were not making use of the system, which was an issue the authority was now trying to target.
B&NES Council is working with the national Love Food Hate Waste campaign, with more information available at www. lovefoodhatewaste.com, and also offers advice on composting at www.bath nes.gov.uk/wasteservices.