Residents are being offered useful advice to help them create less food waste and dispose of it properly as part of Food Waste Action Week.
Reading Borough Council is supporting the event, taking place from Monday 6 – Sunday 12 March and held by WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme), a charity tackling the causes of the climate crisis who claim that 4.5 million tonnes of edible food is thrown away each year by UK households.
The council introduced food waste recycling in early 2020, a change which has seen recycling rates rise from 34% to 50%. It is now encouraging residents to think about the following to help increase the food that they recycle:
If you’ve abandoned recycling food you can always hop back on – and we are encouraging everyone to do so. Find out how to order a new food waste bin. Liners can be collected for free from our libraries and leisure centres.
Residents can put all forms of cooked and uncooked food in their food waste bin including fruit and veg, meat and fish, rice, pasta, bread, dairy, egg shells, plate scrapings and tea bags and coffee grounds. Used cooking oil - in a sealed plastic bottle - can also be placed inside food waste bins for recycling.
The second phase of Reading’s food waste recycling scheme rollout commenced in the summer, and has brought the service to over 950 flats across 42 blocks. This work is continuing through 2023 and will eventually see 14,500 high and low rise flats participating. It is being implemented on a block by basis to achieve greater buy in of residents and maximise participation, and will add to the 59,000 households who have been able to recycle their food waste since 2020.
Cllr Karen Rowland, Lead Member for Environmental Services & Community Safety, said:
“Joining in with food waste recycling is a great way to do your bit for the environment, and Reading residents are really excited about participating.
“We want to reach out to those of you, however, who have fallen off the recycling habit, or are having issues, to join back in the recycling routine with your neighbours! If this is you, please contact our Customer Fulfilment Team on 0118 937 3787 or via the website to make arrangements to get back in the groove on food recycling! “For those of you well into recycling, take advantage of our tips to improve your own food recycling, save yourself money and be smarter about what you buy and find ways to make your food last longer”.