Nearly 9,000 Portsmouth households will be starting a food waste collection trial next month to try and reduce the amount of refuse produced in the city.
Households in Drayton/Cosham, Somerstown, Old Portsmouth, Portsea, Southsea, Eastney and Baffins will be part of the trial to see if the scheme works locally. The trial will start from w/c 16 September 2019 and will run for six months. If successful in reducing refuse it could be rolled out across the city in the future.
Those selected for the scheme will receive a letter this week. Before the trial starts they will receive two food waste caddies - a small caddy to keep in the kitchen, which is emptied into a larger one outside for weekly collection. The waste is collected on the same day as the rubbish collection but by a different collection crew, it is then sent to anaerobic digestion. The larger caddy has a lockable lid to make it safe from animals - which will help keep the streets cleaner.
Items that can be put in the caddy include; all uneaten food and plate scrapings, tea bags and coffee grounds, vegetable peelings, egg shells and cut flowers. It can't be used for liquids or packaging of any kind.
Cllr Dave Ashmore, Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change at Portsmouth City Council, says "I am delighted that the food waste collection trial is launching in Portsmouth as it is something that many residents have asked us for. 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.
For more information on the scheme and a list of roads included visit www.portsmouth.gov.uk and search 'food waste trial'.