Food waste collection expanded

Councillor Dave Ashmore - Cabinet Member for Environment & Climate Change celebrates the expansion of food waste collections to a further 10,000 homes

In our battle to reduce waste and increase recycling levels, Portsmouth City Council launched a food waste trial in September 2019. 

With food waste accounting for 40% of refuse collection we've seen an impressive collective effort in recycling across Portsmouth, with 774 tonnes of food waste sent to recycling. That's as much as the weight of 7.5 blue whales! The residents' commitment to recycling has been extremely positive and I hope to build on this with the expansion of the food waste trial. We are committed to doing whatever we can to reduce waste and recycle more.

From September 28th, 10,000 more homes will have their first collection of food waste with homes receiving their caddies introduction letter and an information booklet the week before. 

The Lib Dem run council will further extend food waste collections during 2021. We're also looking to invest in our own anaerobic digester. This is the facility which takes the food waste and breaks it down to produce fertilizer and fossil-free gas that can be pumped into the national grid. With a shortage of these facilities in Hampshire, Portsmouth City Council would also be able to charge other local authorities to use it. 


Councillor Dave Ashmore
Cabinet Member for Environment & Climate Change

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