Food waste trial
Residents tell us that they would like to recycle as much as possible, and it's something we're keen to improve on. Introducing food waste recycling in flats could help us to reach our target of recycling 60 per cent of the borough’s waste.
The food waste trial is providing a selected sample of flats in Dacorum with food waste recycling for a period of three months (July to September). All flats taking part in the trial have been provided with a communal brown-lidded wheeled bin, which is clearly stamped with ‘food waste only’ and situated in the normal bin areas, as well as a food waste trial package consisting of a kitchen caddy, a caddy sticker, a roll of caddy liners and a food waste trial guide.
The last collection from the communal bin area will be on Friday 26 September. Please continue to recycle your food waste up until this date.
Once the trial has finished, your brown-lidded food waste bin will be removed from the communal bin area and you will no longer be able to recycle your food waste. We will not be collecting the small kitchen caddies. You can keep these for personal use - for example, they are good for storing potatoes, onions and other foods that prefer the dark.
Complete our feedback survey for a chance to win £100
The results of this trial will help us to decide whether to permanently roll out food waste recycling to all flats in Dacorum. Your participation has been crucial so far in making this decision.
Your feedback is also vital. Please take a couple of minutes to complete our short survey, letting us know what went well or what could be improved, should we decide to offer the scheme to flats permanently. By completing the survey you'll be entering into our prize draw where you could be in with a chance of winning £100 in gift vouchers!
Complete the survey
You have until midnight on Sunday 28 October to submit your feedback survey. The winner of the prize draw will be chosen and notified by Friday 2 November.
Why recycle food waste?
Even if you think that you don't create much food waste, once you have a separate container for it, the results are surprising. Even the most conscientious food users are still likely to have teabags, fruit cores and skins, vegetable peelings, fish skin or meat bones to get rid of.
Just six recycled teabags can produce enough electricity to boil a kettle – so every little helps!
There are lots of important reasons why we should all be recycling food waste:
Taking part in the food waste trial is an important opportunity to make your voice heard, be more environmentally friendly, help the borough become greener and help shape the way forward for your local community.
What do I need to do?
In order to make the trial a success, we simply need you to:
- Recycle all of your food waste in your kitchen caddy and communal brown-lidded bin.
- Ensure you only recycle food – no other material should go in your caddy or communal brown-lidded bins (except for the caddy liners)
- Complete a short feedback survey at the end of the trial telling us how you got on.
Everyone in the trial who completes the survey will be entered into a prize draw.
How to recycle food waste
We recommend that you store your food waste caddy in an easily accessible place in your kitchen - for example, on the side, windowsill, by your kitchen bin or under the sink.
Step 1: Line your kitchen caddy
Your free roll of liners will provide you with two liners per week for the three-month trial.
You can also line your caddy with any plastic bag, corn-starch bag or newspaper. We recommend reusing plastic grocery bags, which would typically be thrown away in your general waste - for example, those from your bread, salad, cereal, frozen produce or fruit and vegetables. (Please note: this does not include other plastics, such as hard plastic containers, pots, tubs or trays.)
Step 2: Recycle your food waste correctly
Your kitchen caddy is for all food waste, whether raw or cooked, such as:
- Teabags and coffee grounds
- Fruit and vegetables
- Meat and bones
- Plate scrapings
- Bread and pastries
The following items cannot go in your caddy:
- No liquids
- No fats/oils
- No packaging (for example - wrappers, pots, trays, boxes, labels and netting)
- No flowers
- No pet bedding
Step 3: Empty your kitchen caddy regularly
Once full, simply tie a knot in the top of your caddy liner and carry to your communal brown-lidded bin, which will be stored with your normal bins. If you’re concerned about spills along the way, you could carry your whole kitchen caddy down – it has a carrying handle.
That’s it - your brown-lidded communal bin will be emptied weekly.
One of the elements of the trial is testing how many brown-lidded bins are required per block of flats. If you feel that your bin is getting too full before it is emptied, please let us know.
Frequently asked questions
If you have a query that hasn't been answered on this page, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and mention that you are taking part in the food waste trial when submitting your query.