Halton Borough Council has launched a food waste recycling pilot scheme in partnership with anaerobic digestion firm ReFood.
Taking place across 1,200 homes in Hale in Widnes and Heath in Runcorn, the service will operate for the next six months.
The council currently spends more than £3m a year dealing with general waste and is introducing this scheme to help save money.
It says processing separately collected food waste is “significantly cheaper” than dealing with general waste collected through black bins.
ReFood will process the collected food at its anaerobic digestion plant in Widnes.
Stef Nelson, the council’s executive board member for the environment, said: “The real benefit of working with ReFood is the company’s ability to take food waste in packaging, which makes it even easier for residents to recycle it.
“Every pound spent on dealing with general waste is not available to spend on more important services, so it is really important that people recycle their food waste. I would encourage all residents in the pilot areas to do so.”
If successful, in terms of participation and level of waste collected, the food waste recycling service could be extended to other homes across the borough.
Philip Simpson, commercial director at ReFood, said: “With our plant on the doorstep, recycling local food waste and turning it into renewable energy makes perfect sense.”
Wirral Council is also considering the introduction of weekly household food waste collections, with food being sent to ReFood’s Widnes plant.