Cumbria County Council has won £606,000 of funding for food waste digesters for residents.
The money, awarded over three years, will see householders in Allerdale, Eden and Barrow offered a home digester, similar to compost bins, as part of the council’s plans to reduce food waste.
The council will buy around 6,500 home food waste digesters, which can process around 200kg of household waste a year and have a 10-year lifespan. Householders who opt in to the scheme will have to pay around 20% of the cost of the digester. They will be supplied by Great Green Systems and cost between £15 and £25.
The award follows the council’s submission to the government’s Weekly Waste Support Scheme which helps councils reduce food waste in districts where there are weekly bin collections.
Tim Knowles, the county council’s cabinet member for environment, said: “This will benefit the districts and reduce their costs because it will decrease the amount of household waste they collect each week.”
Digesters are expected to be distributed early next year.