A recent survey sample showed that food makes up around 36% of the contents of the average Derbyshire Dales grey general waste bin.
To encourage more people to recycle rather than bin food waste, Derbyshire Dales District Council has secured funding from WRAP, the Waste and Resources Action Programme, to supply all 34,000 households with a free roll of 52 kitchen caddy liners.
It means that this year residents will receive an additional free roll of 52 liners in the Autumn.
Delivery of the first supply of caddy liners started at the end of April and will take around four weeks to complete.
Dales residents are also receiving a leaflet that explains how to recycle food waste, plus a sticker on their grey bin reminding them to keep food out.
The District Council has been carrying out weekly free food waste recycling collections since 2012, and a spokesperson said:
"Although there are many dedicated food recyclers here in the Dales, there is still room for improvement.
"It's really good news that more of us are recycling and becoming conscious of the environmental impact of waste. We understand that many people are trying to reduce the amount of food that they waste, which is great, but there is still a lot of food being put into grey bins and black sacks that could be recycled."
Last year the District Council consulted with residents on what would encourage them to recycle more food. Residents responded that more information on food recycling, additional liners and a sticker would help.
All types of food waste can be recycled in residents' kerbside caddies, including cooked and raw meat and fish, fruit and vegetables, bread, dairy products, teabags and coffee grounds.
The collected waste is taken to a reprocessing facility in Ashbourne and turned into compost which is sold back to the public through garden centres, local household waste recycling centres and used in agriculture. The District Council has made a video about what happens to residents' food waste, which can be viewed at the foot of this article.
All households are provided with a 5 litre kitchen caddy and 23 litre kerbside caddy for the weekly food waste collection.
Replacement caddies can be requested online free of charge.
- Dales residents who have subscribed to the District Council’s compostable sack scheme for garden waste will also receive a free roll of 42 compostable sacks. Properties that currently use black sacks for household waste can subscribe to the compostable sack scheme for garden waste online.
- Any household that has not received by the end of May a roll of caddy liners (or compostable sacks if you are subscribed to the compostable sack service) should contact the District Council no later than the end of June. Caddy liners and compostable sacks will not be delivered if residents make contact after 30 June.