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Colchester's food waste figures continue to rise

Date published: 5 July 2017 

Colchester Borough Council has released new figures that show a further increase to food waste recycling following the launch of its new collection service two weeks ago.

Early indications show that for the first two weeks of the new scheme food waste has increased by 50% compared to the same weeks in 2016.

Cllr Jessica Scott-Boutell, Colchester Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Waste and Sustainability, said: "This is fantastic news and shows that such a small change, such as putting food waste in a different bin, can make such a big difference.

"Waste that could be recycled or reused but ends up at landfill adds to Colchester's share of the Essex landfill tax bill. This 50% increase in food waste would save Colchester's Council Tax payers £127,000 in landfill tax over a year, so recycling helps to keep the costs down for everyone."

"I hope this food waste figure helps to show that recycling is worth the effort and encourages everybody to keep up the good work."

The new collection service was rolled out on 20 June and saw 80,000 households limited to three black bags a fortnight or one black wheelie bin for their non-recyclable rubbish, and switch from a weekly to a two-weekly cycle - with the food waste collections remaining weekly.

Cllr Paul Smith, Leader of Colchester Borough Council, said: "I'd like to thank the people of Colchester for improving on last week's food waste figures. The aim of the new collection service was to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and increase the amount of household waste that is recycled in Colchester and I'm confident that this new positive trend will continue"

Residents that don't yet have a food caddy or need other recycling containers can pick them up for free from a local stockist. For a quick reference guide to what you can and can't put in your food waste visit the recycling pages of our website.

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