Recycling of food waste reassurance
Dear Sir, — As one of the Cheshire East Waste Reduction Volunteers, can I take this opportunity to reassure any readers worried about the impending introduction of the food waste processing scheme?
Food waste can go straight into your garden waste bins. The caddies are being provided as convenient kitchen receptacles for food waste, which can then be emptied into the garden bin. This will encourage residents to dispose of their food waste via the garden bin, not via the household waste bin, as many do at present.
The entire contents of the garden waste bins will be collected and processed together, by a hot composting process which will kill germs. The composting facility is within Cheshire East, so reducing transport costs and “waste miles”. The compost produced will be used as a soil improver.
Unlike in landfill, where it is mixed with other (non-biodegradable) materials, food waste decomposing in a compost bin or other composting process does not release greenhouse gases. If household waste including food waste is incinerated or burnt in a “Power from Waste” plant, the potential nutrients from the organic matter burnt are lost. Most local authorities now collect and process food waste separately from household (residual) waste.
Note that in future the garden waste bins will be emptied every two weeks all year round. Once your caddy has been delivered, any food waste can be put in the garden waste bin, including animal bones, uneaten pet food, fruit and vegetable peelings, egg shells, tea bags, and uneaten cooked food. Obviously, some of these items can be put in your own domestic compost bins, and that should still continue as the best way to process waste vegetable matter.
The waste reduction volunteers are happy to explain further, and talks can be given to local groups. They can be contacted via Ansa at Middlewich. — Yours faithfully,