Over 22 tonnes of food waste has been collected so far in the first two weeks of the food waste collection trial in Portsmouth. 

Just over 8,000 Portsmouth households started the food waste collection trial two weeks ago to try and reduce the amount of refuse produced in the city. Households in Drayton/Cosham, Somerstown, Old Portsmouth, Portsea, Southsea, Eastney and Baffins are part of the trial to see if the scheme works locally. The trial, which started from w/c 16 September 2019, will run for six months. If successful in reducing refuse it could be rolled out across the city in the future.

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.  Figures currently show that 20% of waste that would normally go into the refuse was diverted to food waste recycling in the trial area.

Under the scheme participants have been provided with two food waste caddies - a small caddy to keep in the kitchen, which is emptied into a larger one outside for weekly collection. The waste is collected on the same day as the rubbish collection but by a different collection crew, it is then sent to anaerobic digestion. The larger caddy has a lockable lid to make it safe from animals - which will help keep the streets cleaner. 

More items can be put in the caddy than in the average garden compost bin, including; all uneaten food and plate scrapings, tea bags and coffee grounds, vegetable peelings, egg shells, bones and cut flowers.  It can't be used for liquids or packaging of any kind.

Cllr Dave Ashmore, Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change at Portsmouth City Council, says "I am happy to see that so many residents are using the bins for their food waste rather than putting it in their rubbish. It is important that we do whatever we can to reduce waste and recycle more and I am keen to see what impact the trial will have over the longer term on reducing waste in the city."

For more information on the scheme and a list of roads included visit www.portsmouth.gov.uk and search 'food waste trial'.