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WRAP to commence new food waste trials

A number of local authorities across England will trial new food waste collection services to help determine the best way of diverting waste from landfill, according to WRAP.

The trials will be taking place over the next few weeks and 17 local authorities will be involved.

It will monitor the environmental and cost benefits of weekly food waste collections schemes, and will involve the collection of all types of food waste from vegetable peelings to meat and diary produce.

Food waste collected during the trials will be taken to in-vessel composting sites or anaerobic digesters where it will be transformed into a compost-like product.

The schemes will take place in a range of places, from services to flats in the London Boroughs of Hackney and
Kingston upon Thames , to a rural trial in West Devon , where the collection area distance that needs to be covered is greater.

Every household will be given a modern kitchen caddy and supply of biodegradable liners for use in the home, and residents on a kerbside collection will also receive a kerbside container with a lockable lid.

The trials will continue until next March after which it will be for the participating local authorities to decide whether to expand their food waste collection services.

WRAPs rotate manager Linda Crichton said: Although composting food waste can dramatically reduce the amount of rubbish that goes to landfill, few local authorities offer a separate collection for it at the moment.

By trialling and analysing different schemes in diverse areas, we can identify good practice and provide information to local authorities to inform their decisions on collecting good waste.



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