A fresher way to recycle

The caddies are coming

Published: Friday, 23rd September 2016

Every house in Watford is getting a food caddy and an initial supply of bio-degradable liners this month, to make recycling food waste that little bit easier. No more mess, fewer unpleasant smells – all food waste will be safely wrapped up in bio-degradable liners. Watford recycles almost six thousand tonnes of green waste every year – but Councillor Peter Taylor, who oversees waste, wants to do even better.

“People in Watford really are committed to recycling – but around a third of food waste currently ends up in landfill. Food waste in black bins costs us more to get rid of, as well as being bad for the environment. If it goes into the green bins then it ends up as compost – fuelling the food of the future.”

The new scheme is being rolled out across all houses in the borough, however if you live in a block of flats or communal housing and would like to take part in recycling food waste please contact our partner Veolia on 020 3567 6900 who will be able to assist.

The new caddies and bio-degradable liners will come with instructions on how to use them – delivered by Watford Borough Council’s partner Veolia. The liners have the seedling logo on them – that logo means they can be composted according to European standards.

Matt Crane, Senior Contract Manager for Veolia Watford, says “I am delighted that we are now able to accept the bio-degradable caddy liners in the green-lidded bin. These bio-degradable liners make it so much easier to recycle food waste – I really hope we’ll see a big reduction in the amount of food ending up in landfill.”

The simplest way to keep food waste out of landfill is to eat more of the food we buy. The Love Food Hate Waste campaign says the average family could save £700 a year – simply by throwing less food away. 350,000 tonnes of bread, for example, are binned in the UK each year.

If you’d like to know more about the caddies, the bio-degradable liners or recycling in general, please email the council’s partner Veolia at enquiries.watford@veolia.co.uk or call them on 020 3567 6900.

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