Caerphilly reports 11% recycling rate increase with free caddy liners

Following the launch of its 12-month trial providing free indoor food waste caddy liners, Caerphilly county borough council has reported that food waste recycling tonnage has increased for the third month in a row.

The trial was launched in December 2023 with the first six-month supply of liners being delivered directly to resident’s doors.

The following six-month supply is available for collection from local libraries, leisure centres, Bedwas council chambers, Penallta House and Penallta reuse shop.

The council has recorded a year-on-year increase to food waste recycling for three consecutive months, with an overall increase of 11% or 115.55 tonne – said to be around the weight of a blue whale.

The number of free food waste caddies requested by residents has also increased, with indoor caddy requests increasing from 383 to 1201 year-on-year from the period of January to March. Outdoor caddy requests were said to have increased from 4325 to 5107 for the same period.

Part of the plan

The council said the trial is part of its seven-year route map to ensure Caerphilly “meets and exceeds” statutory recycling targets set by Welsh government.

Councillor Chris Morgan, cabinet member for waste, leisure and green spaces, said: “We are thrilled to see such promising figures just three months into our free caddy liner trial.

“Here in Caerphilly county borough, we have great participation figures for mixed (brown bin) recycling, however our lack of participation of food recycling negatively affects our overall recycling rate.

“Food waste currently makes up around 31% of our green general waste bins in the borough – if we could get all this waste from our general waste into a food waste caddy, it would have a huge effect on our recycling rates and the environment.”

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