Powys County Council have recently secured some funding (£18,106) from Waste Awareness Wales to run a food waste communications project. Newtown has been identified as a low performing area for food waste recycling following participation monitoring surveys.
The whole of Newtown’s collection routes will be targeted. These routes cover approximately 4,135 households. Newtown’s participation levels are very low, with an average rate of 45%. Currently there are 6 collection routes undertaken in Newtown, with 4 out of the 6 routes having participation levels for food waste below 42%.
Councillor John Powell, Cabinet Member for Environment and Sustainability said: “A food waste leaflet will be hand delivered to all households in the areas identified within Newtown. In addition to the leaflets, stickers will be placed on the lids of household wheeled bins in an effort to remind householders not to place either recyclable waste or food waste in this bin. Residents will start receiving these from the week beginning 26 January 2015 and is anticipated that it will take a couple of weeks to complete.
“Alongside the food waste leaflet and stickers, door knocking will also take place to discuss any queries that residents may have. Feedback cards will be left for residents who are not in at the time of calling, which can be returned free of charge to the council in the envelope provided enabling them to request items such as replacement food caddies and caddy liners. All residents in Powys will have access to a food waste recycling service by the end of March 2015. We would like to urge any residents that do not currently recycle their food waste to start today. Reducing your food waste saves you money and recycling your food waste will contribute towards the statutory recycling targets set by Welsh Government.”
The food waste leaflet is on the website to download and more recycling information is available at www.powys.gov.uk/recycle