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Straight helps Oldham with its food waste

Oldham Council is expanding its food waste collection trial, in a bid to increase recycling rates, with the help of waste management firm Straight.

The local authority is set to rollout more than 80,000 of Straights 23 litre kerbside caddies. Residents can put their food waste inside the caddies.

The council will initially distribute 20,000 of the containers in August. A further 20,000 caddies will be delivered in three separate phases over the course of 12 months.
Waste minimisation and recycling manager Mark Hudson explained: The expansion of the pilot scheme to the rest of the borough is crucial in order to improve recycling rates in the area. Participation rates for the trial were high at 65% and general feedback from residents has been extremely positive. We are confident that once the scheme is fully implemented, we will see a good increase in our recycling rate, helping us to meet our recycling target of 30% for 2010.

Food waste recycling has an important role to play in helping Britain meet its international obligations. Our food waste scheme is one of the most important collections that we provide next to our garden waste collection. Once collected, all food waste is sent for composting - a simple and natural process.  The end result is a useful and organic by-product. 

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