01 August 2017
Residents in South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse can now use plastic bags to line their food waste bins and caddies.
Agrivert hold the contract to recycle all of the food waste that is collected from Oxfordshire and taken to our Cassington AD Facility & Wallingford AD Facility for processing. As part of this contract we work closely with each of the districts to encourage further food recycling participation and thus increase the county's overall recycling rates.
With our support, South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse districts have just announced to thier householders that they are now able to use thin plastic bags, such as carrier bags, bread bags, paper wrappings, or normal pedal bin liners to line food caddies and collect their food waste in. Residents can also continue to use compostable bags or newspapers to line their caddies and bins, or put food straight in without any liner.
As with all of the packaging fractions that we receive at our AD facilities, any bags used as liners will be removed using our state of the art depackaging equipment and sent to an Energy Recovery Facility to be turned into renewable energy.
Cllr Tony Harbour, Cabinet Member for Waste at South Oxfordshire District Council, said:
“We know that compostable bags can be expensive and easily tear, so it’s great news that the processing plant can now take plastic bags. We are very grateful to our residents for their efforts in recycling – which have helped our district to achieve the highest recycling rates in the country. We are always looking for opportunities to work with our partners to improve services for our residents and this is a good example of this.”
Cllr Charlotte Dickson, Cabinet Member for Waste, said:
“We want to make recycling as easy as possible for our residents, so we very much welcome the extra option of using plastic bags as caddy liners. We are one of the top recyclers in the country, but we still throw away a significant amount of food waste, with a recent review showing that around 30 per cent of the waste put out in the grey rubbish bins was food waste that could have been recycled. We would like to encourage everyone to use their food waste bins and thank everyone that already does – it makes a real difference.”
All cooked and uncooked food can be put into food waste bins. Residents are advised that plastic retail packaging, or anything other than food waste, should not be put in. For example, bacon should be removed from its plastic packet and fruit taken out of punnets.
During 2016/17, 10,024 tonnes of food waste was collected and sent for recycling in South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse and we look forward to seeing this increase as residents participation is further stimulated.