New Food Waste Collection introduced to rural areas

Published: 17th November 2015

The first phase of a new food waste collection service for rural households across the district will start next week.

Thanks to £526,780 Rethink Waste capital funding, food waste collections from 5,000 rural households will begin across the Fermanagh and Omagh district from Monday 23 November 2015.

Households included within the first phase of the food waste collection scheme have already received a small 5-litre kitchen caddy, a roll of compostable caddy liners and a larger 23-litre caddy. The larger 23-litre caddy is to be presented by rural householders at the kerbside from week commencing 23 November 2015, along with their blue recycling bin. There will be no changes to bin collection days.

Householders are advised to place all food waste including fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, bread, pasta and leftovers into the caddy for collection. Food waste will be collected in a split lorry with a pod attached to the front for separate food waste collection. The collected food waste will then be taken to a specialised processing plant where it will be recycled into compost.

Welcoming the first phase of the food waste collection service to rural areas across the district, the Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Thomas O’Reilly, said:

“A third of waste in household bins is food waste. This has a high financial and environmental cost when disposed of in landfill. Disposal to landfill costs ratepayers on average £120 per tonne, while methane gas, produced by food waste in landfill, is harmful to the environment.

I am delighted that rural dwellers will now have the opportunity to do that bit more for the environment by making use of the new food waste caddies. I encourage those residents involved in the first phase of the scheme to embrace it fully.”

The scheme will be further rolled out across remaining rural areas of the Fermanagh and Omagh district at a later date.

For further information or enquiries about the food waste collection service for rural areas please contact Anthea Owens, Recycling and Education Officer, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council by telephoning 0300 303 1777 or emailing anthea.owens@fermanaghomagh.com.

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For further information please contact Elizabeth Harkin, tel: 0300 303 1777 or email: Elizabeth.harkin@fermanaghomagh.com

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