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Ribble Valley Borough Council

Ribble Valley Recycling Scheme for Uncooked Food

Published Tuesday 19th March 13

Robert Thompson and the different sized Green Bins

Households in Ribble Valley are to receive green wheeled bins for the collection of uncooked food and garden waste.

Over the coming months, they will receive letters outlining the new service, which will be implemented by the end of the summer.

Gardened properties in the borough will receive large 240-litre green wheeled bins in exchange for their standard 140-litre green bins, which will be redistributed to non-gardened properties that currently only have burgundy and blue bins.

Residents can use the new bins for fruit and vegetable peelings, seeds and apple cores, tea bags, coffee grounds and filter papers, paper towels or tissues (not if they have touched meat) and egg shells.

Cooked food, fish, meat and dairy products, or paper towels and tissues that have touched meat, cannot be recycled.

Food is a valuable resource, yet UK households throw about 7.2 million tonnes of it away each year.

Robert Thompson, chairman of Ribble Valley Borough Council's community services committee, said: "Ribble Valley households have made great strides in recycling in recent years, but more can be done.

"By signing up to the council's collections of uncooked waste, households can help boost the borough's recycling rates even further, which will preserve our valley for generations to come."

The introduction of uncooked food waste collections in Ribble Valley was made possible by a £750,000 Government windfall.

Ribble Valley Borough Council was one of 85 local authorities across the UK to receive a slice of £250million for improvements to recycling and refuse collection.

Over 130 projects from across the UK bid for the cash, with 90 being selected to go forward.

UK households produce over 30million tonnes of waste a year, of which around 40 per cent is recycled, compared to 70 per cent in other European countries.

Recycling conserves raw materials and protects natural habitats, reduces the need for mining, quarrying and logging, and refining and processing raw materials, all of which create substantial air and water pollution.

Ribble Valley households already recycle 43 per cent of domestic waste and will be able to boost their rates further thanks to the new scheme.

Anyone not wanting to take part in the new scheme is asked to opt out by filling in the Green Bin Replacement Scheme opt-out form, returning the tear-off coupon at the bottom of their recycling and refuse collection calendars, or contacting Ribble Valley Borough Council on 01200 425111.

Picture - Robert Thompson, chairman of Ribble Valley Borough Council's community services committee, with the new bins.