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Trialling food recycling in Glossopdale

Here in the UK we throw away enough food every year to fill Wembley Stadium to the brim seven times.

But it doesn't have to be that way - food waste can be composted and the more food we recycle, the cheaper the costs of disposing of our waste becomes.

High Peak residents have already demonstrated their willingness to recycle but a third of the waste we're putting in our black bins is food - that's potentially over 6,000 tonnes of food waste that can be recycled in the green lidded bins.

So High Peak Borough Council has teamed up with Derbyshire County Council to launch this trial aimed at helping residents to increase food recycling rates.

Around 7,000 households in Glossopdale are taking part in the six month trial which has seen properties receive either a supply of compostable liners, or liners and a caddy, together with a leaflet reminding them how easy recycling is.

Councillor John Haken, Executive Councillor for Operational Services, said: "Whilst it's easy to recycle and compost food waste it seems that many people are still putting this waste in their black bins.

"This trial in Glossopdale will help us to establish whether people find it more convenient to recycle more of their food waste if we provide them with the means to do so easily.

"I hope those households in the trail area take part so that we can all work together to reduce food waste and to increase the amount of it we're recycling. I'd like to thank people in advance for their help with this."

Foods that can be recycled include:

·         Meat and fish - raw and cooked including bones

·         Fruit and vegetables - raw and cooked

·         All dairy produce such as eggs and cheese

·         Bread, cakes and pastries

·         Rice, pasta and beans

·         Uneaten food from your plates and dishes