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#334785 - 7th Jul 2009 3:31pm Plan to introduce new waste collection
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Plan to introduce new waste collection for Wirral's kitchen scraps





WIRRAL families could soon be asked to separate their kitchen scraps from other rubbish under a new scheme to be considered by the council.

At a full meeting of Wirral Council next Monday. Liberal Democrats will press to launch a trial run of kitchen waste collection.

The scheme has been introduced in several other areas of the UK and requires householders to collect together items such as fruit and vegetable peelings, egg shells, used tea bags and coffee grounds, plate scrapings, cheese and meat or fish products in a bin provided by their local authority.

The idea was introduced in 2007 by David Miliband, then environment secretary, who unveiled it as part of the government’s waste strategy.

Homes taking part in trials elsewhere in the country were given a special kitchen bin for slops and bio-degradable binliners.

The full binliners were then placed in a box left out with the normal rubbish collection.

The bins - usually described as "caddies" by supporters and "slop buckets" by critics - are designed for all food waste.

Councils either convert the slops into compost, or send them to anaerobic digesters - sealed tanks where food rots, producing methane which can be burned to produce electricity.

Liberal Democrat cabinet member for environment Cllr Gill Gardiner, who will put a notice of motion to the council calling for a trial run to begin, said: “Kitchen waste makes up approximately 18% of our household waste stream.

"It has been estimated that the introduction of a kerbside collection of food waste across Wirral would divert between 6,500 and 9,500 tonnes of waste from landfill, increasing our recycling performance by around 7%.”

Wirral’s recycling rates have soared from 14% in the last three years, peaking at 43% last summer largely due to garden waste collections.

And Wirral was named "the most improved metropolitan borough for recycling" in 2007/08.

Councillor Gardiner added: “We can’t afford to be complacent about our recycling success.

"With landfill taxes rising, further improvements to recycling will save Wirral council taxpayers money, reduce the need for unsightly landfill sites as well as mitigate our impact on climate change."

The treatment of kerbside-collected food waste is being considered by Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority.

The notice of motion asks that a study be carried out to decide the most effective methods for households to safely separate kitchen waste and for its efficient kerbside collection. The findings of the trial would be reported to a scrutiny committee in January.

THE GLOBE

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#334786 - 7th Jul 2009 3:38pm Re: Plan to introduce new waste collection [Re: ]
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Nothing new under the sun, is there? We used to do this during the war. It went to feed the pigs.
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#334788 - 7th Jul 2009 3:41pm Re: Plan to introduce new waste collection [Re: ]
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Nothing new about this ! I well remember - as will others in B'head, each house was given a small, lidded "pig bin". You put all your food scraps in and it was collected along with the normal dustbin every week.

Progress eh ? Let me off at the next stop !!

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#334798 - 7th Jul 2009 4:10pm Re: Plan to introduce new waste collection [Re: ]
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what colour's this bin gonna be? pink, blue, yellow?

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#334823 - 7th Jul 2009 5:27pm Re: Plan to introduce new waste collection [Re: Shadow_Omega]
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They were doing this when I lived in Devon - started it 5 years ago!
I've got a worm farm now and give all my kitchen waste to them happy

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#334826 - 7th Jul 2009 5:36pm Re: Plan to introduce new waste collection [Re: Softy_Southerner]
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Its only about 3 years ago that they trialed kitchen waste collection on parts of the Wirral and declared it a complete failure. grrrrr
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#334839 - 7th Jul 2009 6:04pm Re: Plan to introduce new waste collection [Re: diggingdeeper]
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Urgh! Reminds me of the 'slop bucket' in primary school. Urgh the flies.? And wot about my dogs? Lol
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#334842 - 7th Jul 2009 6:20pm Re: Plan to introduce new waste collection [Re: RUDEBOX]
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My brother lives in Prenton, and they had the kitchen waste collection. When you opened the bin you were greeted by a mist of fruit flies. It stank to high heaven. Not very hygienic.

It wasn't that long ago that people were complaining about maggots marching up their driveway. This idea will cause dozens of new stories for the letters page in the local rags!

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#334855 - 7th Jul 2009 8:00pm Re: Plan to introduce new waste collection [Re: sockbag]
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Yes...this is true. The Globe will have a blow out, even a letter page 'extra'.
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#334900 - 7th Jul 2009 11:09pm Re: Plan to introduce new waste collection [Re: RUDEBOX]
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I put my green bin out two days early this week as it waas full of maggotts.

All our food is in plastic bags with the tops tied together but the flies still get in..... well they do have 14 days to play.

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