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Larger bins take less effort to collect on food waste rounds

In a bid to recycle as much food waste as possible from commercial premises and improve efficiency, City of Cardiff Council’s commercial services has completed a successful trial with a local Chinese restaurant using a larger 500-litre bin from Taylor.

It has now commissioned a further 10 units in other busy commercial locations.

Lucy Payne, commercial waste manager for the council, said: “Maximising food waste collection is one of our priorities as we strive to meet ever increasing recycling targets and make Cardiff a cleaner, greener place to live.

“Since introducing the 500-litre units, collection crews have reported that they are easier to manoeuvre and take less time to collect compared with the multiple 240-litre plastic bins we used previously.”

The council plans to replace the 240-litre bins with steel 500-litre containers for customers that produce large quantities of food waste, while offering the mid-weight steel alternative to customers as part of its commercial service.

Mark Jenkins, UK sales director at Taylor (above left with Rory McBride and James Simons, both commercial officers at the council), said: “The 500-litre units are wellequipped to manage the density of food waste.

“It means that local authorities can reduce the frequency of collections, while those responsible for moving the units can do so freely as a result of the container being on four wheels as opposed to two.

“Users simply insert 35-litre bio-bags into the bin to contain the waste, and these are then easily removed at the point of collection.”

The bins can be customised to meet clients’ requirements. Options include units that incorporate a food waste lid which, when combined with Taylor’s Push2Lock, ensures that all contents are secure. A variant has a foot-operated lid to make depositing food waste cleaner and easier.

Taylor can also incorporate a leak-proof drain plug to prevent leakage yet is easily removable for cleaning.  

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