|Food Recycling Service To Be Expanded|
After pilot waste collection scheme is declared a success
A pilot scheme to recycle food waste in Merton Borough has been declared so successful it will be expanded to a further 40,000 homes.
The council originally won funding from WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) to expand the food waste service to 30,000 households. On top of this, WRAP has offered the council extra funding for the extra 10,000 households.
A recent survey of residents taking part in the pilot showed 96% respondents were happy with food waste collection. Eighty-nine percent said the outside, lockable bins worked well and 79% were happy with the kitchen food caddy.
Also, 86% of respondents agreed the amount of waste in their black bin liners dropped and 67% said their streets were cleaner.
Once all 50,000 households receive the food waste collection service, Merton Council expects to see its recycling rate rise by another 5% to 38% over the next two years.
April 1, 2010