“Brilliant response” to recycling campaign in Cotswolds
Release date: 30 September 2015
Cotswold District Council has reported that demand for free new recycling containers has been exceptional over the last two weeks. This follows a recent campaign which specifically promoted the use of caddies for kerbside food waste recycling but has also provided a significant boost in demand for the Council’s entire range of recycling containers.
Since the campaign started on Monday 7 September the Council has received requests from residents for almost 1100 food waste recycling caddies and has also processed orders for a total of nearly 740 other kerbside recycling containers – black boxes for newspapers, cans and glass bottles, blue sacks for cardboard and white sacks for rigid plastics.
The food waste campaign, organised by the Gloucestershire Joint Waste Team, took place across most of the county; waste crews placed stickers and attached notes on all wheelie bins, reminding residents about the benefits of recycling mealtime leftovers, food past its ‘sell-by’ date, tea bags, bones and egg shells.
The increase in demand for all containers has delighted Cllr Sue Coakley, Cabinet Member for Health, Environment and Communities at CDC:
“This brilliant response to the campaign speaks volumes about the support we receive from residents across the District when it comes to environmental issues. We expected the focus on food waste to prompt an increase in awareness of all types of recycling and this has certainly proved to be the case. We are now hoping for a real boost in our recycling totals and a big reduction in the amount of our waste going to landfill.”
To order food waste caddies or any other recycling containers – all free of charge – please contact Cotswold District Council on 01285 or place an order directly through our website /residents/bins-and-recycling/
For detailed information about what to place in food caddies, black boxes, blue sacks and white sacks please see www.cotswold.gov.uk/residents/bins-and-recycling/kerbside-recycling.
Current figures across Gloucestershire show that 10,000 tonnes of food waste per year are being recycled and this means that 20,000 tonnes are still going to landfill, currently at a cost of £80 per tonne.
Food waste, which is collected weekly in Cotswold District, along with garden waste (subscribers only) is composted on a farm in the north west of the county, and is used to manufacture commercially available soil enhancer.