Council bosses are in talks to provide more weekly food waste collections beyond Norwich’s fringe parishes after failing in their bid for government cash.

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Broadland District Council had expressed an interest in securing a share of a £250m fund designed to help UK local authorities develop weekly collections.

The authority would have received funding for three of the five years if its bid had been approved, and earmarked £170,000 in its budget to fund the remaining two years.

But now the council is negotiating with its waste contractor about extending its food waste collections in the future.

Broadland says it has yet to find out how much this will cost or how many houses could be added to its rounds.

The council’s food waste collection service involves two bins.

One is a small container known as a caddy, which is used to collect waste in the kitchen.

The rubbish is then transferred to a larger container kept outside.

There are 10 areas in Broadland which currently receive the service, including Thorpe St Andrew, Sprowston and Hellesdon.

Norwich City Council and South Norfolk Council also jointly bid with Broadland for £1.8m of government cash.

It was estimated this money had the potential to provide food waste collections for an extra 38,000 properties.

The city council suggested the application failed as the government was “heavily biased” in favour of authorities hoping to retain or restart weekly black bin services.

Great Yarmouth was among the successful bids.

richard.wheeler@archant.co.uk

4 comments

  • What a waste of money and energy. I would love to see how big the carbon footprint of collecting and processing an entirely bio-degradeable food waste separately comes to relative to collecting it with general waste for landfill. And what the so called benefit is .

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    Daisy Roots

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Once you get out of the urban sprawl there is no need to collect food waste. In my area there is keen competition to get your neighbour's left over bread and pasta to feed your chickens. So please do not send round a forlorn and lonely truck trying to collect non existent left over food. There is not a chance that we expert housewives who leave very little and those sparse offerings in any event feed our house chickens would welcome some silly caddy. Go and work out how to make townies less wasteful.

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    Electra

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

  • Broadland seems to have made a complete cock-up of their food waste collections having dedicated vehicles collecting waste, unlike Norwich CC.

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    John L Norton

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Of course if these people were serious about freeing up funds for important public services they would not be wasting money on overseas "jollies", moreover they would have been full quare in support of a unitary Norfolk, which would have cut the biggest source of waste in the county, as in paying for ridiculous levels of duplication in multiple councils. This would be an obvious target for efficiency savings in any other scenario, but these turkeys aren't dumb enough to vote for Christmas, and central govt are too spineless to impose it.

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

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