U.K. Residents to Recycle Food Waste Curbside

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Starting June 8, more than 56,000 homes in South Oxfordshire, U.K. will receive new recycling bins for food waste and other recyclable materials. The new program will improve accessibility to recycling in the U.K. and cut down on waste disposed in landfills.

The new program will allow U.K. residents to recycle food scraps curbside. Photo: Townofsteilacoom.org

The new program will allow U.K. residents to recycle food scraps curbside. Photo: Townofsteilacoom.org

Most households will receive a food waste bin, a small kitchen caddy bin, a green wheeled bin for recycling and a gray wheeled bin for the non-recyclable waste. In addition, residents will get usage instructions for the food bin, a detailed list of materials for specific bins and a calendar of collection days.

According to David Dodds, cabinet member for waste, this advancement in curbside recycling has been in the works for awhile. While some households received the bins in March, Dodds notes that the delivery of 56,000 bins is a large task and encourages residents to hold off on putting out the bins.

The new service and special delivery trucks will not be ready until June. But Dodds says it’s worth the wait.

“When residents can start using these bins, they will be able to recycle much more of the rubbish they throw away such as food waste, which currently goes to landfill, and glass, drink cartons like Tetra Paks, aluminium foil, and aerosols from their home for the first time,” Dodds says. “[This] should make a massive difference to the amount we throw away.”

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