The city's new Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety, Councillor Dave Ashmore, (Fratton ward - Lib Dem), has announced trials for a household food recycling scheme, with free kerbside collection, which could be rolled out across the city.
Lib Dem Portsmouth City Council is proposing to invest £114,000 in a food waste collection trial with up to 8,000 households across the city.
When waste food is collected separately, it can be used for generating energy and as a soil fertiliser. One method uses a small caddy kept in the kitchen, which is emptied into a larger one for collection.
The proposed trials would be carried out in parts of Drayton, Somerstown, Old Portsmouth, Portsea, Southsea, Eastney and Baffins. If the plans are approved a list of roads involved and details of the scheme will be available online with the relevant information also provided to homes involved when they receive the new collection equipment.
Increasing recycling rates and reducing waste is a priority for the Lib Dems running Portsmouth City council. The funding is being proposed as part of the council's capital budget which invests in a range of infrastructure schemes throughout the city like buildings and facilities, rather than the day-to-day running of council services that have to be paid through a separate revenue budget (council tax).