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Nearly a third of all rubbish collected in the Royal Borough is food waste

Nearly a third of all rubbish collected in the Royal Borough is food waste

Philip Dewey

Cllr Carwyn Cox
Research carried out in the Royal Borough has found nearly a third of all rubbish collected in the borough is food.

Approximately 10,000 tonnes of food was thrown away in the borough last year ending up in landfill sites, equivalent to the weight of 10,000 average family sized cars.

The research was carried out by Measurement Evaluation Learning which analysed the recycling and refuse bins from 200 households over a one-week period in November.

Food waste can be collected in black caddies provided by the council which is then collected and turned into biogas to create electricity and fertiliser.

Cllr Carwyn Cox (Con, Hurley and Walthams) said: "Food waste ending up in our landfill site costs us twice as much as recycling the same food waste.

"“And while more than half of us think we don't actually waste any food, the average household throws away around £60 a month of good food."

Visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.com for more information on reducing food waste.  

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