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Weekly Food Waste Collection Rollout - £2.3 Million Awarded

All Colchester households will benefit from food waste collections and a commitment to maintain weekly rubbish collections following a successful Council funding bid.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has awarded £2,353,122 to Colchester Borough Council. The Weekly Collection Support Scheme funding will enable weekly collections of food waste and rubbish for all Colchester households for at least the next five years. Experiences from the food waste collection trial involving over 7,000 households will be used to help provide this new service to the borough's other residents.


Colchester's bid for funding was scored highly by the DCLG. This ensured the borough was among one of 90 projects across the UK to secure some of the £250 million fund that was substantially over-subscribed.


The Council will receive the funding in three stages, with over £500,000 this financial year and more than £900,000 in both 2013/14 and 2014/15 to help keep Colchester clean and green. Further details of how the money is to be spent will be announced soon. Information will be available for residents in advance of any changes to recycling and rubbish collections.


Successful applications included schemes for rubbish collections, food waste collections and schemes to reward or incentivise residents to recycle. Recipients were announced by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, the Rt. Hon Eric Pickles MP on 22 November. The fund is part of the Government's commitment to help local authorities provide, reinstate or keep some form of a waste collection service on a weekly basis.


Colchester Borough Council's Portfolio Holder for Street and Waste Services, Councillor Martin Hunt, said: "It is great news that Colchester has secured funding from the DCLG to help us further support residents to recycle more. Following our successful food waste collection trial the funding will help us rollout this service to all households and maintain weekly rubbish collections for at least five years."


Information about reducing, reusing and recycling more including through the food waste collection trial is available at www.colchester.gov.uk/recycling, by calling 01206 282700 or emailing recycling@colchester.gov.uk

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For further information contact communications@colchester.gov.uk or call 07815 088150

For comment or opinion contact the Portfolio Holder for Street and Waste Services, Councillor Martin Hunt on 01206 514776

In the event of the Portfolio Holder not being available please contact the

Leader of the Council, Councillor Anne Turrell on 752418.