Over 50,000 homes across Belfast will be able to throw their food waste into their brown bin from now on — instead of relegating it to landfill.
Belfast City Council has sent food caddies and a supply of biodegradable bags to 55,000 households across the city so their food waste can be recycled.
Councillor Pat McCarthy, chairman of the council’s Health and Environmental Services Committee, said: “Until now residents with a brown bin have only been able to recycle their garden waste — grass cuttings, hedge trimmings, leaves etc — but thanks to new arrangements on how the council can manage its waste, people can now also put their food waste into their brown bins.
“We appreciate that any change has a bedding-in period, but we would ask residents to assist us in making this new scheme a success. Our staff are more than happy to help if anyone is unsure of what they can put in their brown bin. They can phone 0800 032 8100 or visit our website www.belfastcity.gov.uk/brownbin.”
Belfast City Council has already piloted a successful food waste collection trial in parts of the city which has helped boost Belfast’s recycling rate, Mr McCarthy said.
Anyone with a brown bin will receive a kitchen caddy, which must be lined with a biodegradable bag. You then put your food waste into the bag, tie it up and put it into your brown bin.