New push on recycling in Ribble Valley

GOING GREEN: Coun. Robert Thompson, chairman of Ribble Valley Borough Council's community services committee, with the new bins.
GOING GREEN: Coun. Robert Thompson, chairman of Ribble Valley Borough Council's community services committee, with the new bins.

HOUSEHOLDS in the Ribble Valley are to receive green wheeled bins for the collection of uncooked food and garden waste.

Over the coming months, residents will receive letters outlining the new service, which will be implemented by the end of the summer.

Properties with gardens in the borough will receive large 240-litre green wheeled bins in exchange for their standard 140-litre green bins, which will be redistributed to homes without gardens that currently only have burgundy and blue bins.

Residents can use the new bins for fruit and vegetable peelings, seeds and apple cores, tea bags, coffee grounds and filter papers, paper towels or tissues (not if they have touched meat) and egg shells.

Food is a valuable resource, yet UK households throw about 7.2 million tonnes of it away each year. Unfortunately cooked food, fish, meat and dairy products, or paper towels and tissues that have touched meat, cannot be recycled.

Coun. Robert Thompson, chairman of Ribble Valley Borough Council’s community services committee, said: “Ribble Valley households have made great strides in recycling in recent years, but more can be done.

“By signing up to the council’s collections of uncooked waste, households can help boost the borough’s recycling rates even further, which will preserve our valley for generations to come.”

The introduction of uncooked food waste collections in Ribble Valley was made possible by a £750,000 Government windfall. The borough council was one of 85 local authorities across the UK to receive a slice of £250m. for improvements to recycling and refuse collection. More than 130 projects from across the UK submitted bids for the cash, with 90 being selected to go forward.

UK households produce more than 30 million tonnes of waste a year, of which around 40% is recycled, compared to around 70% in other European countries.

Ribble Valley households already recycle 43% of domestic waste and will be able to boost their rates further thanks to the new scheme. Anyone not wanting to take part in the new scheme can opt out by returning the tear-off coupon at the bottom of their recycling and refuse collection calendars, filling in the e-form at ribblevalley.gov.uk, or contacting Ribble Valley Borough Council on 01200 425111.