Another colour added to the bins

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FOOD waste collections are to be introduced in the borough in May, meaning yet another addition to the rainbow range of bins used by householders.

But this time the bin a kitchen caddy is indoors.

Wigan Council wants the food waste collections to be borough-wide by August.

Every household will get a silver kitchen caddy and a supply of compostable liners to simplify recycling food waste.

Those households with green bins will be given dishwasher-friendly caddies and compostable caddy liners to put their food waste in before transferring it to the green bin.

Those households without green bins will get the same kitchen caddy and liners as green bin households, plus a larger green outdoor caddy to put food waste out for collection.

These households will have collections using the same crew and vehicles as those with green bins, every other week.

Wigan Council’s Head of Safer, Cleaner, Greener Services, Sally Wolstencroft, said: “Food waste currently counts for about a fifth of the average black bin contents. Now, we’re going to be doing everything we can to make it as easy as possible to compost it.

“It’s much cheaper to recycle and compost waste than to send it to landfill. At a time when we have to make £66million of cuts over the next four years, this will help save £14million for essential frontline services.

“The proposals also make environmental sense. Sending less waste to landfill means fewer problems down the line for our children, natural habitats protected not polluted, fewer greenhouse gases and even more waste recycled into new products.”

Food waste is that generated during the preparation of meals and any food, cooked or raw, that is not eaten. It includes food that is partly used or that would be thrown away.

The combined food and garden waste will be sent to regional waste disposal facilities, where it will be composted indoors to create quality compost. The compost will be suitable for use on agricultural land.

Ms Wolstencroft added: “Householders have the option of putting their food waste into their black bin on the week that their green bin isn’t being emptied. This means food waste could still be collected every week.

“Ultimately, we’re striving to find the right balance between meeting householders’ needs, improving recycling performance and providing value for money.”

A special five minute instructional video is available online at www.wigan.gov.uk/recycling