Brown bins no longer for food waste
25th January 2016
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It was estimated that the garden and food waste previously collected in the District only contained a small percentage of food waste.  The Council was disposing of this through in-vessel composting or anaerobic digestion, which is an expensive process.


From 1st February 2016 residents will be required to dispose of food waste in their green bin or recycle it in the garden with a garden composter.


This change in service will not only create a future saving for the Council, but it also means that waste from the brown bin can be sent to an outdoor composting facility.


Councillor Alan Dudson, Portfolio Leader for the Environment said “All waste from the District is now disposed of in the most efficient way.  General ‘green bin’ waste is sent to a waste power plant in Staffordshire, where it is incinerated to create energy.  Dry recycling from the blue bin is sent to a recycling facility and with this service change all waste from the brown bin can now be sent to an outdoor composting facility, not only saving tax payer’s money but also playing a part in helping the environment.


It is important however that residents understand the consequences of putting the wrong item in the wrong bin, as a contaminated load could result in that load being rejected and being sent to landfill, which could cost up to £1,500.


If residents are unsure of what goes into which bin, a new search facility is now available on our website at, to assist with ensuring the right item is disposed of correctly.”


As part of this service change residents can request a free composter.  Home composting is the most sustainable way to manage and dispose of garden waste and some food waste i.e. uncooked vegetables, peelings etc.


The campaign message will be displayed throughout the District in the form of adverts, leaflets, bin stickers, bus advertising and vehicle vinyls and messages and information will be posted on social media and our website.

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