Brown food waste caddies to be delivered to 24,000 households across district

Extension of food waste collection service

Published: 17th July 2017

Brown food waste caddies will be delivered to approximately 24,000 households across the Fermanagh and Omagh district over the next few weeks so they can recycle their food waste from September 2017.

These households will receive a small 5-litre kitchen caddy and a roll of compostable caddy liners. They will also receive a larger 23-litre caddy which is to be presented by householders at the kerbside once their food waste collection service starts.

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

From September, the food waste collection service will be rolled out to the remaining 24,000 households not currently on the scheme.

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council will write to each of the 24,000 householders new to the scheme from mid-August to inform them when their food waste collection service will start in September.

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 collected 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:

“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.

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.

The extension of the food waste collection service means that we can all do that bit more for the environment while ensuring the Council’s resources are invested in other services in the district such as parks, leisure centres and community services. I encourage residents to embrace the scheme fully by always placing their food waste in their brown wheelie bin or food waste caddy.”

Food waste caddies will be delivered to the 24,000 households from Monday 24 July 2017. It is anticipated that all caddies will be delivered to households by 25 August 2017.

For further information or enquiries regarding the food waste collection scheme please visit the relevant section on the Council website 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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