Tasty £200,000 recycling boost for council is far from ‘rubbish!’

Thursday, 17 August 2017

A CAMPAIGN aimed at substantially reducing the amount of food waste sent to landfill in Mid and East Antrim has been hailed as a huge success.
Reduced landfill costs as a result of the move are expected to deliver annual savings of £200,000 - meaning those funds are available for other projects and work.
Changes to food waste collections came into effect throughout the Borough back in April, with residents urged to dispose of food waste into brown bins as opposed to black.
Council promoted the changes widely through the media, its website, collection calendars, Connections magazine and letters to householders.
At last week's monthly council meeting, members were told of the overwhelmingly positive response from citizens to date.
The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Paul Reid, said afterwards: "So far, Council has received more than 5,000 requests for brown bins and in excess of 7,500 requests for food caddies.
“Our staff have handled more than 6,500 calls, with almost 2,000 emails received in relation to the changes.
“This is a phenomenal response from our residents and I commend them for their overwhelming support and making the switch from black to brown bins.
“This saves ratepayers' money and also combats environmental damage.
“It costs twice as much to dispose of food waste in a black bin as it does to recycle food waste from a brown bin.
“Unwanted food that ends up in landfill is the most polluting type of waste due to the release of harmful gases.
“Rather than pollute the environment, that waste is increasingly being put to a great use in Mid and East Antrim as high quality compost which is then made available to our residents.
*Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.


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