Householders across Norwich could be given free bags to recycle their food in, if a bid for £475,000 of government funding is successful.

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Norwich City Council is hoping to secure the cash in an attempt to increase the number of people who make use of the food caddies which the authority has provided to thousands of homes.

A survey of households earlier this year revealed that only about 28pc of households use the food waste recycling service, which is considered to be “extremely low” compared to many other councils which offer it.

Officers who knocked on thousands of doors were told by some people that they did not put their food waste out for collection because the council does not provide free caddy liners.

The city council gave householders a few bags when the caddies were first distributed, but after that people were left to buy their own, or wrap food up in newspapers.

But, with some council areas, including Broadland, providing free liners, the city council is now hoping to secure the money which will enable them to follow suit.

A report, to go before members of the council’s controlling Labour cabinet this Wednesday, suggests councillors apply for money from the Department of Communities and Local Government’s weekly collection support scheme,

That cash would mean a supply of liners could be delivered to homes twice a year, extra kerbside and kitchen caddies could be provided and the contracts of two council officers charged with knocking on doors to increase recycling rates could be extended.

South Norfolk Council is also seeking funding from the scheme to introduce food waste collection services to about 17,000 households in Costessey, Cringleford, Hethersett, Wymondham and Easton, while Broadland District Council hopes to extend its service to a further 7,500 homes.

• What do you think of the food caddies? Write to Evening News Letters, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE or email eveningnewsletters@archant.co.uk

28 comments

  • martin, recycling food is a waste of grub, everyone should reduce the amount they buy to chuck away....food rationing or sky high prices is the better option, failing that a dog or some chickens should be compulsory for folk with gardens....every little helps.

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    nrg

    Monday, July 23, 2012

  • £5 for a years supply of biodegradable bags? Blimey show me to the shop that sells those. Otherwise I find most of the big four sell them at around £3 for 30. I get through those every 3 to 4 weeks. I think we should get freebies as we pay enough council tax for little else which we are supposed to receive.

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    nobbly1

    Tuesday, July 24, 2012

  • There is a new process plant at marshamhevingham on the eastgate road, it may go there.

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    Marigold

    Monday, July 23, 2012

  • I buy biodegradeable bags and sometimes just wrap up bones in newspaper. If people can't be bothered to use newspaper at no cost I don't see why we should have to resort to taxes. I think that people just can't be bothered although I seem to be sharing my caddy with a very nice Polish lady.

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    oldowl

    Monday, July 23, 2012

  • People get their food bins cleaned? I am gobsmacked...am I a mug for cleaning my own? Doesn't take much effort. I suppose what the council could do is when they empty the food bin they could spray it before they put it back with chemicals? Actually thats not a bad idea! Anyway.....have a good day....and what a day it is for the insects!

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    Adey

    Monday, July 23, 2012

  • Plastic bags to hold compostable wastes? This is another mad idea, just as wrapping dog faeces in plastic bags which are now littering the countryside. Why do bins need cleaning? I lay mine sideways down and let the birds have the maggots, they are mad for it.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Monday, July 23, 2012

  • I have only ever used the free bags that came with the bin.Since then i line the sides and base with newspaper-it also makes the bin easier to clean.Why waste money on special bags when most people have a paper laying around.-you only need three double pages.What a waste of tax payers money to give out free bags.

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    sarah statt

    Tuesday, July 24, 2012

  • ingo...didn't they teach you about biodegradable bags at the dome of doom(uea)???

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    nrg

    Monday, July 23, 2012

  • We use our food waste bin regularly, for vegetable and fruit peelings, eggshells, teabags, fish skin, meat bones and fat etc etc. I think it's an excellent idea to use the waste to create fertiliser, but I refuse to buy bags (and yes, they ARE corn based biodegradable, not plastic) because I think if the district councils can supply them free to their tenants, then the city council should do the same. I'm sure that a bulk order for the entire city would work out a lot less than the £5 per household quoted on here earlier. We pay enough council already, so lets have a few perks please! And my food waste bin IS cleaned regularly, my husband does it!

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    Carol Bolton

    Monday, July 23, 2012

  • The bags cost about £5 for a years supply from Sainsburys. It's embarrassing that some people won't recycle unless these are provided for free.

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    martin

    Monday, July 23, 2012

  • I wrap all my waste up in copies of the EDP or the EEN as they are not really worth reading, are they?

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    John L Norton

    Monday, July 23, 2012

  • Sorry to be a pain ingo, the smelly bins have a build up of several layers of lurgies..if you don't power-wash or bleach them.....more jobs for the ladyfolk of homes.

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    nrg

    Monday, July 23, 2012

  • nrg re "dem Germans", they also have a 40% income tax rate... I use a food bin too mind, it's called my stomach.

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    frank young

    Tuesday, July 24, 2012

  • Ever thought about cleaning the bin yourself, Whiley Boy?

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    Mr Foxglove

    Monday, July 23, 2012

  • Whiley....you aren't being serious are you?

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    Adey

    Monday, July 23, 2012

  • Disgusted of NS has a point. Why spend money and energy-fuel and wear and tear-on lorries on special collections of domestic food waste ? When we hear about food waste going for compost no one points out that a large amount of it iscollected in bulk from food factories such as bread manufacturers food processing and possibly supermarkets. Not from door to door collection of piddling smelly little food caddies. The principle of making food waste into compost as Nrg points out has its risks-foot and mouth, plant diseases etc, especially if food imported illegally gets into the process.There is also the slight risk of human disease.We see this week an eyed flat worm being discovered in Norfolk-one which is suspected of coming from New Zealand via plant matter-what else will end up being spread on the land via compost? Recycling should be energy efficient-if food waste is biodegradable in land fill under normal circumstances it should be collected with the regular refuse rather than energy being wasted collecting it to produce a product which is essentially superfluous. I wonder if doorstep collection of food waste would even be energy efficient if it was used for biogas production. There is absolutely no point getting oil out of the ground for diesel and making paper bags just to make compost to satisfy some green dogma that recycling is always the best thing to do.

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    Daisy Roots

    Tuesday, July 24, 2012

  • I use the food bin, but don't fork out for the bags. Therefore, I now have an insect infected food bin, which the council refuse to clean. I would really be greatful if they can secure the money, clean out the food bins and issue these food bags. Regards, Whiley.

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    Whiley Boy

    Monday, July 23, 2012

  • Frank Young, It could be after working in the sun, that my grey matter has frazzled up.....But I fail to see the connection of much tax the hardworking German pays and our sun drenched smelly slop up bins??????????

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    nrg

    Tuesday, July 24, 2012

  • £5 for a years supply of biodegradable bags? Blimey show me to the shop that sells those. Otherwise I find most of the big four sell them at around £3 for 30. I get through those every 3 to 4 weeks. I think we should get freebies as we pay enough council tax for little else which we are supposed to receive.

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    nobbly1

    Tuesday, July 24, 2012

  • The food waste goes to a processing plant in Suffolk and is turned into a form of compost which can act as an alternative to chemical fertilisers.If every district in the county was serious about this,there would be one less reason for any incinerators dotted around the county,big and small.All organic material can be -re-used in a sustainable way.Without the bags the food caddy can become a bit smelly but newspaper can be used too,though paper does tend to stick to the caddy.This money from Eric Pickles would make a big difference and should increase food waste recycling.Recycle,don't incinerate!

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    Peter Watson

    Monday, July 23, 2012

  • Disgusted, the smelly food heaps are turned into compost....another outbreak of foot and mouth for sure.

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    nrg

    Monday, July 23, 2012

  • I think considering the cost of my council tax my wheeley bins should be cleaned out every month.As for food bins--disgusting idea--surely it hasn't caught on?I also keep carrier bags to reuse for rubbish.It is awful how some people apologise for wanting a carrier bag in a shop.I feel disposable nappies are an issue that people avoid--they should be heavily taxed.

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    bookworm

    Monday, July 23, 2012

  • Peeps just want the main rubbish bin emptied once a week.....which is what big Eric offered the cash for, not for some dodgy deals going on with some biodegradable bag company...simples even for nuLabour control freaks.

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    nrg

    Monday, July 23, 2012

  • Anyone know what the council does with this food waste?

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    Disgusted of Norwich South

    Monday, July 23, 2012

  • Whiley Boy, get yer marigolds on and do yer bit!!!!

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    nrg

    Monday, July 23, 2012

  • Yes, yes I am. It seems to be the same for many of the residents of the street in which I live at present. Regards, Whiley.

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    Whiley Boy

    Monday, July 23, 2012

  • I'm afraid I can't clean the bin, no. I do not have the correct resources to do so. It's a pity really, as in the summer months, they attract all manner of flies and insects, which can't be very unhygenic. Also, I spend enough time sorting recycling from general waste, glass from plastic, cleaning the jam jars, bottles and other items. Regards, Whiley.

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    Whiley Boy

    Monday, July 23, 2012

  • Peter,dem Germans are the best for recycling rates, plus they still incinerate....they have it all sussed as usual, cheap district heating keeps the lower classes warm in their very cold winters.

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    nrg

    Monday, July 23, 2012

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