Many of us now recycle our leftovers in our food caddies and we’re making steady progress in Wrexham…but there’s still plenty of room for us to improve.
Lots of us take advantage of the free caddy liners and get our food caddies emptied every week, but some of us are still putting leftover food in our general waste.
The images in this article are from a recent general waste collection in Wrexham. As you can see, there’s a number of food items (and a number of other materials) that could’ve been recycled, but they weren’t.
It’s not all doom and gloom though…many of us are making an effort to recycle food waste and our stats for this in Wrexham are getting better.
We recycled over 195 tonnes of food waste in our caddies in November, compared to just under 140 tonnes in November 2018…a 40% increase.
This isn’t a one-off either…we’re consistently recycling more food waste in 2019 than we were in 2018, but the aim is to keep improving and get even better.
Cllr David A Bithell, Lead Member for Environment and Transport, said: “These figures show a solid improvement in the amount of food waste we’ve recycled in 2019, and it’s good to see that more of us do this as part of our everyday recycling.
“We’ve made an effort to let people know the many things that can be recycled in your food caddy and it proves that if we give people the information they need, many of them are happy to play their part in our recycling efforts.
“Unfortunately the images in this article show that there’s still a number of us that aren’t recycling our food waste and we strongly encourage these people to change their habits; there’s certainly many reasons why they should.
“Along with the environmental benefits, we offer free caddy liners, and by recycling food you’re freeing up space in your bins. It also helps to stop your bins from smelling from rotting food – remember your food caddy is emptied every week, your general waste isn’t!
“Thanks to everyone who recycles their food waste and to those who don’t, please get involved and play your part. We need to reach our 70% recycling target by 2025 and you can all help us achieve this.”