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. By introducing food waste recycling to flats, we hope it could help us reach our target of recycling 60 per cent of the borough’s waste.
The food waste trial will involve a selected sample of flats in Dacorum, and will last for a period of three months. All flats taking part will be provided with a communal brown-lidded wheeled bin, which will be clearly stamped with ‘food waste only’ and situated in the normal bin areas. In addition, residents will receive a food waste trial package, consisting of a kitchen caddy, a caddy sticker, a roll of caddy liners and a food waste trial guide.
As soon as the food waste trial packages are delivered in the middle of July the trial will begin. It will end in the middle of October. After this, collections from the communal bin area will stop and you'll be given a short survey to provide us with your feedback.
Food waste recycling is already popular with householders in Dacorum. This trial will help us to understand whether those residents living in flats have an appetite for food waste recycling, too. Your participation in the trial is greatly appreciated.
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 email@example.com and mention that you are taking part in the food waste trial when submitting your query.