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Basildon: Separate food and garden waste collections start on 3 October

28th September 2022
Posted by Aston Avery

On Monday 3 October, our separate food and garden waste collections service will start.

Unless residents live in a home that doesn’t currently receive a food and garden waste collection service, they should have received a delivery from us in recent weeks. A 5-litre kitchen caddy and a 23-litre outdoor caddy, plus 50 kitchen caddy liners.

Food waste will be collected on a weekly basis, with garden waste will now be collected fortnightly from your usual point on the same day as glass recycling collections.

The new 5 litre indoor caddy is for the kitchen to put all food waste in such as plate scrapings and fruit and vegetable peelings into ready to be recycled. Once it’s full, residents will need to transfer the food waste to their outdoor 23 litre caddy, which has a lockable lid to keep it closed and to stop animals getting to it. Residents will need to place their 23-litre outdoor caddy out on a weekly basis from their usual collection point.

Cabinet Member for Environment and Carbon Reduction, Councillor Kevin Blake said:

“I’m excited for the roll out of our separate food and garden waste service to see how much it improves our borough’s recycling rate.

“Currently 36% of what goes in our black sacks is food waste – this needs to change. We hope with this service improvement and our new convenient food bins, that residents are more encouraged to do the right thing and recycle their food waste.

“I’ve seen a lot of support from residents for the changes and over 7000 residents responded to our consultation regarding them, so I really hope residents support the service to make sure it has the positive environment impact it can.”

The separated service should increase food recycling and reduce the amount of food waste currently found in our black sacks – help helping to make the council’s operations carbon net-zero by 2030, and for our borough become carbon net-zero by 2050.

If residents feel we may have missed their property with our caddy delivery, please contact our Waste and Recycling team at: [email protected]

For a full list of FAQ’s and everything you need to know about the service including a video demonstration of how the new bins work, please visit: