Watford Borough Council and its partner Veolia are urging residents to recycle all their food waste by launching a new campaign.
Over the next six weeks, all houses in Watford will have a 'no food waste' sticker added to the lid of their black refuse bins. This sticker is to remind residents to recycle food waste in the green-lidded organic waste bin. The council and Veolia trialled the initiative in Oxhey earlier this year and found that placing the stickers on bins proved to reduce the amount of food waste going to landfill.
In 2016, all houses were provided with grey food waste caddies to encourage residents to recycle all their food waste.
Councillor Peter Taylor, Cabinet Member for Client Services who is responsible for waste and recycling said: ”Since we introduced the food waste caddy and compostable liners to all houses in Watford, we have seen an increase in residents recycling. This is great news - but we can always do more! Only about half of all residents regularly recycle their food waste, so we believe that the introduction of the ‘no food waste’ sticker onto black bins will encourage those who currently don’t recycle to think twice and recycle rather than binning their food waste.”
You can recycle any cooked or uncooked food, vegetable and fruit peelings, tea bags, bones, egg shells and plate scrapings in your green-lidded bin. Remember that no amount of food waste is too small! The food you recycle is a valuable resource which is turned into compost and used in farming and returning nutrients to the soil. Recycling food is also much cheaper than sending it to landfill. The money saved can be used for other public services, such as playgrounds or transport.
In addition, as part of the campaign residents who purchase compostable liners from the Town Hall or Wiggenhall Depot will receive a free roll of liners and a reusable shopping bag (while stocks last). The liners are normally £2.50 for 52 bags. Only one free roll of liners and a shopping bag will be given per resident. Most supermarkets sell them but please ensure they have the seedling logo on.