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Food Waste Liner Pilot Scheme

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​Ceredigion County Council is reviewing the way it collects waste and recycling from the kerbside. Options will consider how we can increase the amount of recycling and food waste that we collect.

Our data suggests that almost 2,000 tonnes of food waste is being put into black bags each year in Ceredigion! We therefore need more people to use the food waste service and feedback from residents suggests that free food waste liners might help. We’d like to offer free food waste liners to our residents. We need to do this as a pilot scheme in the first instance to ensure we provide a good quality and cost-effective service to our residents.

By using the food waste bin instead of your black bag to dispose of your unwanted food, we could halve the cost of dealing with food waste. If everyone put their food waste in the food waste bin instead of a black bag the Council could save around £100,000 a year. This would more than offset the cost of the food waste liners.

The food waste liner pilot scheme will be carried out on the Cenarth, Llechryd, Llangoedmor and Cardigan collection route where the waste is collected on a Tuesday. This particular collection route has been specifically chosen as a monitoring area since November 2014 as it is fairly representative of the situation across Ceredigion.

The food waste liners are made from plastic. Agrivert, the company who deals with Ceredigion’s food waste opened a new treatment plant in Bridgend back in November 2016. This has enabled us to trial plastic liners. We think residents will find them an improvement from the corn-starch liners as they will last for longer without degrading and they’re stronger. ONLY RESIDENTS IN THE PILOT AREA SHOULD USE PLASTIC LINERS PROVIDED. If you use other plastic bags to line your food waste bins, your bin will not be emptied.

By conducting a food waste liner pilot scheme in this area it will help give us a clearer picture on what would happen within Ceredigion as a whole if we were able to roll the service out county wide. The trial will be conducted for an initial period of 6 months.

If you have any queries or questions about the trial please contact Ceredigion County Council by phone on 01545 572572 or by email technical.services@ceredigion.gov.uk

Question and Answer

Can I use plastic carrier bags?

No, the plastic bags provided are of a specific thickness which has been approved by the food waste treatment plant. Carrier bags are too thick for the food waste treatment plant to process. Food presented in carrier bag will be left behind.

Why are the liners plastic and not corn starch?

Agrivert, the company who deals with Ceredigion’s food waste opened a new treatment plant in Bridgend back in November 2016. This has enabled us to pilot using plastic liners. Plastic liners are easier to treat more locally, would reduce the costs to the Council, and are easier for residents to store and use.

How long will the pilot scheme last for?

The initial pilot scheme will last for six months, we will contact you again to see how it is going.

Where can I get another roll after my first roll has finished?

You have been provided with an allocation of liners which should be enough for the pilot scheme. However if you do run out of liners please contact us on 01545 572572 or email Technical.Services@ceredigion.gov.uk

Why have you chosen Cenarth / Llechryd / Cardigan for the pilot scheme?

We have chosen this particular collection route because it is monitored on a regular basis. Data already collected can be used to compare with data collected in the future to help us evaluate the pilot scheme.

I compost at home and don’t use the food waste collection service, so I don’t need the liners.

Home composting is encouraged where appropriate – please remember that not all food waste is appropriate for home composting such as cooked food, meat or bones. Please use the food waste collection service for these items.

I have animals (dog, chickens, and pigs) at home and all of my food waste goes to them, so I don’t use the food waste service.

Feeding food waste to animals is acceptable where appropriate – please remember to use your food waste bin for food items which you wouldn’t feed to animals such as tea bags.

I don’t use the food waste collection service as it will attract vermin.

The food waste bins lock to prevent animals getting to the waste. Food waste is collected weekly and is less likely to attract vermin compared with black bags which are collected fortnightly and bags are torn easily by animals and vermin. Liners will also help to keep the food bin clean.

I have bought corn starch liners what should I do with them?

If you already have a stock of corn starch food waste liners, please use these up first as the corn starch liners have a limited shelf life whereas the plastic liners will last for much longer.

I need a new food waste bin, where can I get one from?

If you are new to the area, need to replace a missing or broken container or need an additional container as you have a large amount of food waste please contact us. 01545 572572.

Where is the food waste taken to?

Food waste collected in Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys now goes down to a treatment facility at Stormy Down near Bridgend.

What happens to food waste after it is collected?

Your food waste is taken for treatment at an Anaerobic Digestion plant at Bridgend, where it is turned into a bio fertiliser. The process also produces electricity that can be used to power homes and businesses.

The links below show videos of what happens to your food waste:

What is Anaerobic digestion? - www.youtube.com/watch

Oxfordshire video of Agrivert - www.youtube.com/watch

Why are you giving liners out for free when the Council is trying to save money?

We’ve listened to comments and feedback from residents and evidence suggested that providing liners for free will encourage people to use the food waste service. By using the food waste bin instead of your black bag to dispose of your unwanted food, we could halve the cost of dealing with food waste. If everyone put their food waste in the food waste bin instead of a black bag the Council could save around £100,000 a year. This would more than offset the cost of the food waste liners.

I don’t produce any food waste.

We all produce food waste even if it is a tea bag or an orange peel. Please put these into your food waste bin.