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Cllr Ashmore food recycling trial web
Cllr Dave Ashmore outside the Guildhall with the new food waste caddies

A food waste collection trial will take place in Portsmouth after it was given the go ahead by Councillor Ashmore at Portsmouth City Council's Environment and Community Safety decision meeting today.

Just under 8,000 households in selected areas of the city will be part of the £114,000 trial to see if the scheme works locally. The trial will run for six months and if successful in reducing refuse it could be rolled out across the city in the future.

Households involved in the trial will be provided with one small caddy to keep in the kitchen, which is emptied into a larger one outside for weekly collection. When waste food is collected separately, it can be used to generate energy and produces a by-product of a soil improver.

The proposed trials will be carried out in parts of Drayton/Cosham, Somerstown, Old Portsmouth, Portsea, Southsea, Eastney and Baffins. A list of roads involved in the scheme will be available online soon with further details on the specifics available in the coming weeks. Further information will also be provided to homes involved when they receive the new collection equipment ahead of the trial, which is likely to start in the summer.

Cllr Dave Ashmore, Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety at Portsmouth City Council, says "I am delighted to approve the food waste collection trial in Portsmouth. It is important that we do whatever we can to reduce waste and recycle more and I am keen to see what impact the trial will have on reducing waste in the city."

Waste composition analysis undertaken in the city in Autumn 2018 showed that nearly 40% of black bin waste was food waste. It is expected that a separate food waste trial will improve the recycling rate in the city.

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