Brown bins are for food waste too, council reminds residents

Alderman Arnold Hatch, chairman of the enviromental services committee, and Catherine Dynes, recycling inspector, recycle some food waste. INPT42-003
Alderman Arnold Hatch, chairman of the enviromental services committee, and Catherine Dynes, recycling inspector, recycle some food waste. INPT42-003

Residents are reminded to keep using their brown bins during the winter as 
collections continue as 
normal.

Chairman of ABC Council’s environmental services committee, Alderman Arnold Hatch, said that even though there is less garden waste, residents can still use their brown bins for all types of food waste.

He added, “Using your brown bin allows food leftovers to be composted and prevents biodegradable waste going to landfill.

“If we are to avoid infraction fines from Europe going on to our rates 
we must make greater 
efforts to use the brown bin service.”

Householders can put the following types of food 
waste into the bins - vegetable peelings, plate scrapings, leftover pet food, tea bags 
and coffee grounds, egg shells, 
meat bones and shellfish, fruit and vegetable peelings and bread and dairy 
products.

The bins can also be used for leaves, prunings and small amounts of cold ashes.

No food packaging or plastic carrier bags are permitted

A council spokesperson said, “While it’s better to try to avoid food waste in the first instance, council would encourage residents to use their brown bins for any food waste to free up space in the general waste bin.

“Recycling all food waste and garden waste in your brown bin has the added benefit of helping to contribute to recycling efforts across the borough.

“Once collected, the contents of the brown bin are taken to a composting facility and made into a nutrient rich organic compost ready for use again.”

The council has thanked residents for their continuing support of the brown bin scheme.