A food waste collection trial with up to 8,000 households in Portsmouth could get the go ahead next week as the proposal goes to the council's Environment and Community Safety decision meeting on 28 February 2019.

If agreed, households in selected areas of the city would be part of the £114,000 trial to see if the scheme would work locally. The trial would run for six months and if successful in reducing refuse it could be rolled out across the city in the future.

Households involved in the trial would be provided with one small caddy to keep in the kitchen, which is emptied into a larger one outside for weekly collection. When waste food is collected separately, it can be used for generating energy and as a soil fertiliser. 

The proposed trials would be carried out in parts of Drayton, Somerstown, Old Portsmouth, Portsea, Southsea, Eastney and Baffins. If the plans are approved a list of roads involved and details of the scheme will be available online.  The relevant information will also be provided to homes involved when they receive the new collection equipment ahead of the trail, which is likely to start late May/early June.

Cllr Dave Ashmore, Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety at Portsmouth City Council, says "I am looking forward to considering the proposal for a food waste collection trial in Portsmouth. It is important that we do whatever we can to reduce waste and recycle more."

Waste composition analysis undertaken in the city in Autumn 2018 showed that nearly 40% of black bin waste was food waste.  It is expected that a separate food waste trial will improve the recycling rate in the city.