Roll out of food waste collection service across district in September

Extension of food waste collection service

Published: 25th July 2017

Households across the Fermanagh and Omagh district will be able to recycle their food waste from September with the extension of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s food waste collection and recycling service.

Under new legislation – the Food Waste Regulations (Northern Ireland) – all food waste must be placed in your brown wheelie bin or food waste caddy.

Food waste is currently collected by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council from approximately 22,000 households across the district which are on the brown wheelie bin or the brown food waste caddy collection service.

This September, the food waste collection and recycling service will be rolled out to an additional 24,000 households.

A small 5-litre kitchen caddy, a roll of compostable caddy liners and a larger 23-litre caddy – which is to be presented by householders at the kerbside once their food waste collection service starts – are currently being delivered to these households so they can recycle their food waste from September.

It is anticipated that all caddies will be delivered to these households by 25 August 2017.

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council will write to householders new to the scheme from mid-August to inform them when their food waste collection service will start in September.

Food waste is collected by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council in a split lorry with a pod attached to the front for a separate food waste collection. The collected food waste is then taken to a processing plant where it is recycled into renewable energy and chemical free compost.

Speaking about the forthcoming extension of the food waste collection service across the district, Vice Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Alex Baird, said:

“Food waste is completely recyclable. A third of waste in green or black landfill 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.

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council has demanding targets to increase recycling and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill. Failure to do so will result in financial penalties which will affect the resources which could otherwise be invested in other services in the local community.

I encourage residents to embrace the food waste collection and recycling scheme fully as it becomes available, by always placing their food waste in their brown wheelie bin or food waste caddy.”

For further information or enquiries regarding the food waste collection scheme please click here or telephone the Council’s Waste and Recycling service on 0300 303 1777 (calls charged at local rate) or Textphone 028 8225 6216.

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