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111 tonnes of food waste in first week

waste collection vehicle

Last week Bracknell Forest residents experienced their first food waste collection as part of the council’s initiative to help tackle climate change and increase recycling rates.

From January to March 2021, over 41,000 food waste caddies were delivered to houses across the borough and in the first week, Dame Foodie Dench and her crew collected 111.3 tonnes of food waste. That’s on average the same weight as a blue whale!

Thanks to residents, this waste has been diverted from landfill and instead it will be used to generate electricity to power homes and fertiliser to help crops grow.

Cllr Mrs Dorothy Hayes MBE, Executive Member for Environment, said:

“I’d like to say a big thank you to all our residents who have taken part in the food waste recycling service so far.

“Your enthusiasm and care have been outstanding, and we are so pleased to be taking the next step to better recycling in our borough.

“It was also wonderful to see the new food waste collection vehicles on the roads, with their creative names chosen by you. 

“If you haven’t started using your food waste caddies yet, there is still time. No matter how small, every bit matters and will make a difference.”

If extra capacity for collecting food waste is needed, residents can now order an additional food waste caddy.

As well as the introduction to the new food waste service, green bin collections for residents of houses have been changed to every 3 weeks. This is to help maximise the performance of the food waste service and to encourage better recycling.

Currently the food waste collection service is only available to houses in the borough. We are looking into the possibility of providing this service to flats and properties with communal bins later this year.