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Portsmouth City Council 2016Portsmouth City Council's food waste trial is in its sixth week and residents in the trial areas are doing their bit to make it a great success.

There are 8,172 households in the trial and around 60% of residents are participating and regularly putting out their food waste caddy. To date 71.16 tonnes of waste have been diverted to food waste recycling - that's nearly 20% of black bag refuse now being recycled.

During the trial our food waste is being sent to an anaerobic digestion plant in Bournemouth for treatment - it is converted to a biogas and a digestate, which can be used by farmers.

Cllr. Dave Ashmore - cabinet member for environment and climate change said "Sampling shows that across the city 40% of black bag waste is food waste - so the initial results from the trial show that it is a great start. We're getting really positive feedback and lots of other residents across the city asking when they can get a food caddy for their food waste.
The food waste caddies give residents another opportunity to recycle which all helps to improve the city's recycling rates.
We're now considering how we roll the trial out across the city and how we recycle and convert our food waste locally."

Colette Hill - assistant director for neighbourhoods said "Feedback from residents has been really positive; many people are surprised that they can put all of their food waste in the caddy along with items such as shredded paper and cut flowers. Residents who already compost can use their caddies for food waste which isn’t suitable for composting such as chicken carcasses and cooked food."

For more information on how to recycle and where to take your glass/textiles go www.portsmouth.gov.uk and search recycling and rubbish

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