Following feedback from residents about the cost of liners, from this March and April, residents will receive free compostable liners for their food waste caddies to make recycling even easier.
From then on, compostable liners will be delivered to them regularly every six months.
Food waste bins will also be delivered to any residents who are not currently involved in the food waste scheme, to help them take part in it. Later in the year there will be special promotions including cash prizes to encourage people to recycle even more.
This opportunity to help further boost food waste recycling, has been made possible by a £1.635 million grant for Southend-on-Sea Borough Council from the Department for Communities and Local Government.
The Council’s Executive Councillor for Public Protection, Waste and Transport, Councillor Tony Cox said: “These free compostable liners are extremely handy and make food waste recycling even easier for everyone
“By having the liners immediately available, residents can instantly use them for their food waste recycling, rather than them having to think ahead to specially go and buy the liners, or undergo the extra effort of wrapping items of waste food in newspaper.
“Southend has a very good record on recycling. Residents have become well accustomed to recycling opportunities such as using their pink recycling sacks, and many are already keen food waste recyclers.
“However, we need to keep up the momentum and encourage everyone in the borough to recycle their food waste, to help us reach our recycling target of 60 per cent by 2015.”
Residents who would like to use the food waste recycling service now but do not have a blue food waste bin are urged to contact 01702 215006.
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