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Birmingham welcomes food waste lobby

Birmingham City Council has welcomed a petition with 1,200 signatures calling for separate food collections, as it considers its waste strategy.

The ’Waste Isn’t Rubbish’ campaign by Birmingham Friends of the Earth (FoE) was submitted to the council (pictured) as part of its call for responses on a strategy for the city.

The petition called on the council to provided residents with a food waste collection and more support for home and community composting.

It also proposed measures to make it easier for people to recycle more types of waste from home, using local companies to process the waste.

Cabinet member for sustainability Lisa Trickett said: “We warmly welcome input and feedback from groups such as FoE that share this council’s aim for Birmingham to operate in the most sustainable way possible.

“We have a shared goal for Birmingham to become a zero waste city – and through this consultation process we will be able to shape our Future Waste Strategy to enable this to happen.

“The council is starting with a blank sheet of paper, and needs views and opinions so future plans can reflect what people think is important. Nothing is ruled in or out at present. If any sustainable innovation is technically and financially viable, it is of course something we will pursue with vigour.”

Veolia has been running the city’s Tyseley energy-from-waste plant since 1996 but its contract with the council to process residual waste expires in 2019.

FoE posted on Facebook: “Really pleased to hand in our ‪#‎wasteisntrubbish petition for a ‪#‎zerowaste Brum to Lisa Trickett and Birmingham City Council today. Hope we see a greener waste strategy in the weeks and months ahead.”

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