23 December 2019 by James Langley

Wrexham highlights food waste success

Wrexham county borough council has said a 49% increase in the amount of food waste recycled helped it achieve a 66% recycling rate in the 2018/19 financial year. 

The council posted statistics showing that 196 tonnes of food waste was recycled at the kerbside last month alone, 56 tonnes more than the previous year.

Wrexham county borough covers 50,500 hectares and has a population of more than 130,000

Wrexham said this helped the council achieve the 66% rate, and urged residents to recycle more to boost this further.

Councillor David Bithell, lead member for environment and transport, said: “These figures show a solid improvement in the amount of food waste we’ve recycled in 2019, and it’s good to see that more of us do this as part of our everyday recycling.

“We’ve made an effort to let people know the many things that can be recycled in your food caddy and it proves that if we give people the information they need, many of them are happy to play their part in our recycling efforts.”

Recycling rate

The largest town in the north of Wales, Wrexham county borough covers 50,500 hectares and has a population of more than 130,000.

The county’s current recycling rate is 66%, with each resident producing on average 631kg of waste annually, of which 216kg is residual waste.

Councils in Wales are expected to reach a 70% recycling target by 2024 or face fines of £200 per tonne.

Cllr Bithell said: “Thanks to everyone who recycles their food waste and to those who don’t, please get involved and play your part.

“We need to reach our 70% recycling target by 2025 and you can all help us achieve this.”

In total, the council recycled 49% more food waste in 2019 than 2018.

The coucil provided a month-by-month breakdown, which can be seen below.

Collection

Food waste is collected weekly in Wrexham in a grey food waste caddy.

To urge residents to recycle even more, the council released pictures of food waste which had been sent to landfill unnecessarily

The contents of the caddies are taken to the IVC on Wrexham Industrial Estate, where it gets turned by FCC Environment into compost.

The processed compost is then transferred to Chester where it receives further treatment and achieves BSI PAS 100 accreditation – a baseline quality specification.

It is then returned to Wrexham’s Household Waste Recycling Centres where it can be collected for free, while some of it is used by the council for landscaping projects and landfill restoration.


CONFERENCE

Food waste will be on the agenda at the National Food Waste Conference, to be held on 29 January. More information can be found here.

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