Massive thanks to everyone who has joined in with our Slim My Waste, Feed My Face campaign. Sadly, we’ve had to put it on hold because of the Coronavirus situation – with increased pressures on staffing we need to make sure time and effort is focused on key services. But, that’s not before we reached around 80% of homes in the county. The full impact won’t be known for some time, but the first few weeks saw food recycling jump by around 30%. And families have demanded thousands more free new food waste containers to start or restart food recycling, promising even better results. A decision on delivering the campaign to the remaining areas – parts of Sedgemoor and West Somerset – will be taken at a later date. If you’ve received the information pack and stickers, please carry on sharing photos of the ace faces you’ve created by posting them in Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #FeedMy FaceSWP Why recycle food waste Somerset already recycles a lot, but food waste is still 25% of the average rubbish bin so we could easily recycle far more of it into a valuable resource. Somerset’s anaerobic digestion plant transforms all your food waste into electricity to power your home and a nutrient-rich farm compost to grow more crops. Benefits of recycling food waste It helps the environment by reducing rubbish being sent to landfill. Landfilled food waste produces a biogas that goes straight into the atmosphere and contributes to climate change. Recycling reduces disposal costs. By recycling all our food waste, we would all save nearly £1 million a year to go on other vital local services. Your household waste bin will be cleaner, less smelly, and it gives you the opportunity to recycle even more! Pick up a food waste bin or kitchen caddy from your Co-op! Our friends at the Co-op are kindly helping Somerset recycle more food waste by distributing caddies and food waste bins from 12 of their stores across the county. Just pop in and ask and they’ll be able to help. These should be available from the following stores now: Frome (Culverhill, BA11 5AD) Ilminster (The Square, Cornhill, TA19 0AH) Martock (The Martock Centre, North Street, TA12 6DL) South Petherton (St James Street, TA13 5BS) Stoke-sub-Hambdon (Montacute Road, TA14 6UQ) Yeovil, (Stilby Road, Westfield, BA21 3EG) Wincanton (Camelot Shopping Centre, BA9 9JB) Bridgwater (The Redgate Centre, Westonzoyland Road, TA6 5BJ) Taunton (Cheddon Road, TA2 7AH) Wellington (Fore Street, TA21 8AQ) Minehead (The Avenue, The Parade, TA24 5AZ) Williton (Fore Street, TA4 4PX) Did you know? ● Six recycled tea bags could produce enough electricity to boil a kettle for another cuppa. ● You can fully charge a tablet with the electricity from 148 recycled apple cores. ● And 761 bananas generate enough electricity to power a typical home for a whole day. Watch out for information coming through your door very soon and help your rubbish bin to “slim my waste”. Pop back here for regular updates or follow Somerset Waste Partnership on Facebook and Twitter. Need a free food waste bin? Order online here. Many thanks to Bristol Waste Company for sharing with Somerset such a great campaign with such impressive results.