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Cardiff extends its food waste collection

The first city in the UK to introduce food waste collection, Cardiff, plans to increase the amount of food waste it currently collects by trialling additional 25-litre kerbside caddies from next month.

The move comes as part of a bid to reach the Welsh Assembly Government’s new 70% food waste recycling target by 2025.

Additionally, it is hoped that the large kerbside caddies will prevent previous problems with seagulls ripping open the bio bags from the smaller kitchen caddies which are placed at the kerbside.

The new larger caddies will be trialled at 2,000 homes in five pilot wards meaning 10,000 households in total will receive the larger caddies from June 7.

The new caddies will also be barcoded to allow the council to chase up stray bins and keep tabs on those who do not comply with the recycling guidelines.

A Cardiff City Council spokesman said: “Food waste collections are not a new idea for Cardiff. But it is an extension of our current food waste collection as these caddies are much bigger and officers feel this will be beneficial for our recycling rates.”

Cardiff does not have its own facility for the treatment of its food waste and currently sends the collected food waste to a plant in Derbyshire.

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