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Around 40% of rubbish put out for collection in Portsmouth is food waste.
To reduce the amount of food waste sent to incineration and to make Portsmouth a greener city, we are progressively rolling out a food waste collection service across the city.
We will notify residents by post just before the service is extended to their area. They will then receive 2 food waste caddies and an information leaflet or letter explaining what to do.
The food waste is collected by a different crew on the same day as the rubbish collections and is sent for anaerobic digestion.
You can put all your food leftovers, raw and cooked, in the caddies:
Please do not put any of the following in the food caddies:
Food waste will be collected weekly, on the same day as your rubbish collection. Please make sure the larger caddy and your black bin/bags are out on the front boundary/on the pavement by 7am. The food waste will be collected by a different vehicle to the one collecting rubbish.
Please ensure the caddy is visible and not placed between the rubbish and recycling bins. The handle of the caddy should be straight up or fully forward as this locks the lid.
IMPORTANT – If the caddies are lined with plastic bags, then the caddy will not be emptied by the crew.
The food waste collected from your home will be sent for anaerobic digestion (AD). AD is the process of organic matter being broken down by micro-organisms in the absence of oxygen.
AD produces biogas (mixture of methane and carbon dioxide) that can be used as a fuel source and nutrient-rich digestate that can be used as a fertiliser.
For more information on the process of anaerobic digestion visit The Official Information Portal on Anaerobic Digestion.
For more information on food waste recycling and ways you can reduce food waste, visit RecycleNow (food waste webpage).
We will be supplying the 5-litre caddy for indoor use and 23-litre caddy for the collection. Please contact us on 023 9284 1105 if you find you need a second 23-litre caddy.
During the trial, we will issue residents with one roll of fully compostable caddy liners free of charge. Using liners inside your caddy is not compulsory, however, it does help to keep the caddy clean. If you decide not to use liners and the caddy gets dirty, it can simply be rinsed out to clean it. If you run out you can either line your caddy with newspaper, or you can purchase compostable liners from most major supermarkets. Please make sure that any liners you purchase are fully compostable and display the Seedling logo, or state they are 100% compostable with the reference EN13432.