Castlereagh Borough Council is distributing a new kitchen caddy to householders to help them dispose of food waste and reduce the amount of rubbish being sent to landfill sites.
Over the coming weeks, households with brown bins will be issued with a kitchen caddy and a supply of biodegradable caddy liners to collect all their|food waste.
The filled liner can then be placed into the brown bin along with garden waste. Food waste can also be placed loose into the brown bin or kitchen caddies can be lined with a single sheet |of newspaper.
Apart from liquid waste, all food waste is accepted — bread, dairy products, fruit and vegetable peelings, tea bags and coffee grounds, scrapings from plates, fish, meat and even bones.
Councillor Gareth Robinson, chair of the council’s Technical and Environmental Services Committee, said: “An estimated 8.3 million tonnes of household food waste is produced each year in the UK, and each of us throws away roughly our own body weight of food each year.
“The council is making improvements to the brown bin collection service in order to help householders recycle more from their homes and in doing so assist the council in meeting its landfill diversion targets.”
He appealed to householders to co-operate with the scheme.
“We would encourage residents to make full use of this improved service as it will greatly reduce the amount of biodegradable waste being sent to landfill,” he said.
Councillor Robinson added: “Brown bin waste is taken to a specialist facility within the Lisburn area and turned into compost through a process called in-vessel composting.
“The compost is a more environmentally friendly alternative to composts that are derived from peat bogs.”
Further information regarding the service can be obtained by contacting the Council’s Technical and Environmental Services Department on 028 9049 4600.