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Thinking of introducing food waste collections in 2024?

A new year, a waste strategy? Many local authorities choose the new year as the perfect opportunity to change or amend their waste management strategies, in the hopes to improve the service they provide for their residents and businesses alike. This can involve improving the procedures already in place, or even implementing new ones. A form waste collection on the rise of being introduced is food waste, currently less than half of councils offer this as a standardised waste collection at present, but with new reforms such as ‘Simpler Recycling’ due in the coming years, it is become more frequent up and down the Nation.

Cromwell Polythene supplies compostable liners to capture food waste

Why Introduce Food Waste Collections?

Food waste is one of the most common and unavoidable types of waste formed in both businesses and households, and for much of this waste, it is easily recyclable with the right procedures in place. Food waste collections have become increasing popular over the past few years, and as such councils have begun offering recycling collections kerbside to correctly manage this. Typically these are in the forms of food caddies or home composters. At present offering such collections in your authorities is not mandatory, and is up to the discretion of the council, but more and more are now beginning to offer the service.

For those councils who do offer forms of food or organic waste collections, they often see increases in participation rate with their recycling – this also results in lower contamination rates across the authority. Recycling food waste is also great to reduce carbon emission and affects they have on the planet, there for it will help to reduce your regions carbon footprint.

Compostable Liners the Perfect Fit?

Research has identified compostable liners as the preferred and recommended choice for the capture and containment of food waste. The research concludes that compostable liners provide the most effective balance of reasonable costs, minimisation of plastic contaminants in the biodegradable waste stream and maximisation of total food waste collected and processed.

Whilst the mandatory separate food waste collection schemes may be a few years away, preparation will be crucial to a successful launch. To help make the process as streamlined as possible, Cromwell can help with the supply of EN13432-compliant compostable liners. These liners range from 5L to 240L in size and are manufactured from Ecopond® biodegradable plastic, using starch and lactide-based derivatives of plant sources, helping them biodegrade alongside the waste captured inside.

Ask for a free sample of our bags today, and talk to our team to begin discussing your waste collection.

Find out more on food and organic waste disposal in our downloadable brochure.