Project to recycle more food waste

A Somerset Waste Partnership project aiming to increase food waste recycling and cut the amount going to landfill has been running since March.

The project builds on earlier trials and covers 115,000 households in Sedgemoor, Taunton Deane and the Chard and Ilminster area in South Somerset.

Homes received a food recycling guide and a supply of kitchen caddy liners. Stickers providing a reminder that food waste should be recycled were put on refuse bins.

If the project is successful, SWP will consider extending the project to other parts of Somerset.

Currently, most households recycle food waste, but too much is still being put out in refuse for landfill. Somerset’s annual landfill bill is more than £12 million. About quarter of this is for food waste.

Sending food waste to landfill is not only costly, it is also polluting. If buried in landfill food waste decays and becomes a major source of the greenhouse gas methane.

Recycling food waste saves money and cuts pollution. Somerset’s food waste is processed at a special plant near Bridgwater, where biogas produced is used to generate clean electricity, leaving a nutrient-rich compost, which is sold to local farmers.

See food waste improvement project for further information, including to order food waste or other recycling containers and for guidance on obtaining more liners.