Bid to double food waste recycling in Lewes District

A new food recycling waste service is being launched by Lewes District Council on Monday June 3 as part of an ambitious campaign to double recycling rates across the district over the next 12 months.

Currently the district has the lowest recycling and composting rates in Sussex, at 23 per cent, so the council is introducing the new service to double its performance rates.

Lewes District Council Leader, Cllr James Page, said: “This new service will provide householders with an easy way of recycling their food waste from home which will not only boost recycling figures but help to reduce waste.

“The new service will also help put money back into residents’ pockets by making them aware of just how much food is wasted, so they shop smarter and waste less.”

As part of this campaign, 100 per cent of all the food waste collected from households will go to produce compost for use in landscaping, agriculture and horticulture.

The council has supplied each household with an outside food waste bin, a caddy for collecting food waste in the kitchen and a supply of compostable liners.

Residents have also received an explanation and instruction leaflet on how, when and why to use the scheme.

A separate communal food waste bin has been delivered to those residents who normally share.

Food waste bins will be emptied on a weekly basis on the same day as regular waste.

All food waste can be recycled, including raw and cooked food waste such as meat, fish, dairy products, fruit, vegetables, bread, tea bags and coffee grounds.