Thursday, 24 August 2017

Food bins can take plastic

Plastic bags can now be used to line food waste bins

RESIDENTS of South Oxfordshire can now use plastic bags to line their food waste bins and caddies.

Food waste is collected every week and taken to Agrivert’s anaerobic digestion plant near Wallingford to be recycled into gas for electricity and fertiliser for farmland.

The processing plant is now able to accept thin plastic bags, such as carrier bags, bread bags, paper wrappings, or normal pedal bin liners.

Residents can also continue to use compostable bags or newspapers to line their caddies and bins, or put food straight in without any liner.

Any bags used as liners will be removed at the plant.

Councillor Tony Harbour, South Oxfordshire District Council’s cabinet member for waste, said: “We know that compostable bags can be expensive and easily tear, so it’s great news that the processing plant can now take plastic bags.

“We are always looking for opportunities to work with our partners to improve services for our residents and this is a good example of this.”

All cooked and uncooked food can be put into food waste bins. Residents are advised that plastic retail packaging, or anything other than food waste, should not be put in. For example, bacon should be removed from its plastic packet and fruit taken out of punnets.

For more information, visit www.southoxon.gov.uk/waste

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