Extra 3,000 homes in Broadland to get food waste collections
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A further 3,000 homes in Broadland will be able to recycle their leftover food from next week - with areas such as Hellesdon, Dussindale and Old Catton added to collection route.
Broadland District Council was the first local authority in Norfolk to carry out separate food waste collections in 2008, which started as a six-month, government-funded trial serving about 6,000 homes.
Since then, more than 10,000 tonnes of food waste has been collected and the service is offered to 28,000 homes- almost half of all households in Broadland.
The expansion will happen across the district, filling in and completing areas including Hellesdon, Dussindale and Old Catton.
John Fisher, portfolio holder for environmental excellence at Broadland District Council, said: 'The food waste scheme has been a real success and we are delighted to be able to expand it by another 3,000 homes.
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'Recycling food waste is environmentally friendly, with the food being held in sealed tanks, where it breaks down creating gas.
'This is then be used as a fuel to generate renewable energy. Leftovers form a nutrient-rich bio-fertiliser, which is used on farmland.'
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Two new food waste caddies, funded by Norfolk County Council- a small caddy for their kitchen and a larger one to be left out for collection - are being delivered to homes.
A leaflet explaining the food recycling process was delivered to the households last week.
In Norwich itself, a recent drive to get more people to recycle food waste saw thousands of people request caddies.
Norwich City Council's 'Feed your caddy' campaign aims to save more than £400,000 per year by asking residents to use their kitchen caddies, rather than putting food waste into the bin.
To help make the savings and encourage more people to recycle their food waste, the council secured funding from WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme) to supply 55,000 properties in the city with a free roll of 52 caddy liners.
People also received a 'how to recycle food waste leaflet', while stickers were put on people's refuse bins reminding them not to put food waste in those.