We want your food waste!
Southend residents living in high-rise flats will soon be able to recycle food waste and other items as part of a new trial.
Residents of Blackdown, Grampian and Brecon flats will be given a small kitchen caddy and compostable liners to recycle food waste.
Communal waste bins will also be located within the grounds of the flats for residents to use and collected on a weekly basis.
The 12-week trial scheme is being run by South Essex Homes and Cory Environmental in partnership with Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.
Residents are being encouraged to recycle food items including plate scrapings, fruit and vegetables, tea bags, meat (including bones) and other food waste.
Leaflets explaining the scheme in full will be posted to all high-rise flats taking part in the scheme.
Emma Cheesman, of Cory Environmental, said: “All residents within the borough should have the opportunity to recycle regardless whether they live in a house or flat.
“We are really excited about introducing this scheme in partnership with South Essex Homes.
“Residents are encouraged to recycle bio-degradable food waste which will be turned into compost and can be used by agricultural, horticultural and land-based industries.
“We will assess the success of the trial by encouraging residents to give us their feedback by completing a questionnaire.
“As part of the trial a number of different bins will be used so we can determine which ones are the most user-friendly.”
If the trial is a success the scheme will be rolled out to other high-rises and flatted dwellings across the borough during 2010/11.
Residents can use the bins for all items of cooked and uncooked food waste including bread, cakes and biscuits, cheese, coffee grounds, eggs (including shells), fish (including bones), meat (including bones), noodles, pasta, rice, tea bags and tea leaves, fruit and vegetables, plate scrapings and takeaway leftovers.
The bins cannot be used for animal bedding, pet litter, green garden waste, dead flowers, wood shavings or ash, hair, disposable nappies, cat, animal faeces, straw or hay, cooking oil, milk or any packaging.
For further information or advice please contact Emma Cheesman from Cory Environmental on 01702-617766.