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Southwark to trial food waste collections

Southwark Council in south London is to trial food waste collections in an effort to drive up recycling rates, following requests from residents.

Around 10,000 homes in Dulwich, Camberwell, Nunhead, Peckham and Rotherhithe will participate in a six-month pilot scheme which will begin in October.

Residents involved in the trial will be asked to separate their kitchen waste into biodegradable bags, which will be provided, and then add these to their secure garden waste recycling container, which will be collected weekly.

Dry recyclables such as paper, card, glass and tins will also be collected weekly, while residual waste will be collected on alternate weeks.

The council will monitor the success across the borough and seek feedback from residents to improve the system, if necessary.

Council cabinet member for transport, environment and recycling Barrie Hargrove said: “We’re constantly looking at ways to improve our recycling service, and this pilot is all about improved weekly collections, which could prove a vital tool in hitting our target of doubling the borough-wide recycling rate by 2014.”

The pilot will be delivered in conjunction with Southwark’s recycling contractor Veolia Environmental Services.

Veolia Southwark managing director Simon Bussell said: “We support the practical action that Southwark Council is taking to increase recycling rates. We are confident that residents will find the new scheme convenient and easy to use, and that it will be an important tool in reducing the impact that our waste has on the environment.”

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