20-Sep-2021

The District Council is set to begin a trial for capturing food waste in Loves Farm, St Neots. Local residents will be taking part to enable them to store food waste in the house, one half will receive a small kitchen caddy and the other half will receive paper liners, in addition to the caddies.

The trial will run for 6 months where tonnages collected will be closely analysed and compared to data from previous years to assess its impact.

Executive Councillor for Operations and Environment, Cllr Marge Beuttell, said: "The council is committed to diverting waste from landfill, this trial will support that pledge. We hope that residents take full advantage of this trial and that it is a success, enabling us to roll it out further."

Paper liners do have their limitations and come with additional costs, during the trial it will be important to see if liners increase the captured food waste and will allow us to gain valuable feedback from residents’ experiences. Feedback will also be collected from residents to find out how they found using the bins, liners and what was learned throughout the trial.

Roughly a third of the waste collected in the grey refuse bins, in Huntingdonshire, is food waste. This equates to more than the amount that is collected in the green garden bin. Placing food waste in the grey refuse bin means this valuable resource goes to landfill, where it releases methane, a greenhouse gas 30 times more potent than carbon dioxide. The best way to avoid this is by reducing the food that is wasted. The best way to dispose of this would be in your green garden bin or a home compost bin.

We have previously researched why residents are not composting their food waste and found that many do not like having to put it loose into their green bins. Many residents comment that having a kitchen caddy and acceptable compostable liners would help them compost more food waste. We are not able to accept compostable starch liners in Huntingdonshire, so we have looked at what the alternatives are and have decided to run a split trial in a small area, covering just over 1,000 properties.

For those who want to reduce their impact on the environment, and wish to start composting their food waste, here are a few tips:

  • food waste can be added to your green garden bins, either loose, wrapped in newspaper, or wrapped in paper liners/bags

  • food waste could be placed in an old Tupperware pot, lined with newspaper to absorb any liquid runoff

  • food waste could be placed in the freezer as it is generated over two weeks, then placed into the bin the night before collection

  • place the green bin in a shaded area, especially during the summer months.