The scheme is being launched by services contractor the Verdant Group in conjunction with Bedfordshire County Council (BCC) and Mid Beds District Council (MBDC) and will look at how the current recycling rate of 29% can be improved upon.
MBDC contract services manager Steve Whittaker said: A long-running waste audit has shown that up to 16% of residual domestic waste is food-related, and we now want to capture as much of that as possible for recycling.
We recognize that while the overall weight of recycled kitchen waste may not be high, every kilogramme we can divert helps. Were aiming for a high participation rate of up to 70% and the trial will help us identify how best to encourage local residents to get involved.
The scheme will firstly be offered to 6,000 local households in both urban and semi-rural locations, with this rolled out to all of Mid Beds 30,000 households if it is judged a success.
Verdant business manager for MBDC Paul Ammons said: We run an efficient fortnightly waste and recycling collection service across the district, and have been encouraged by the way that residents support local waste reduction and recycling.
Now we want to help our partners take it one step further by trialling recyclable kitchen waste collection, and are confident that residents will contribute to an effective trial.
Scheme partner BCC has been promoting the initiative to residents in target areas via a doorstep campaign and directly delivered leaflets.
It will work with two caddy-style containers issued to households, with a smaller one inside the house being used to transport waste to a larger one outside. These will then be emptied on a weekly basis with arisings taken to an in-vessel facility for composting.