All Carmarthenshire households to receive food waste bin liners

Carmarthenshire County Council has announced that it will be delivering food waste caddy liners to all households across the county to make it easier for residents to recycle their food waste.

The council will deliver three rolls of food bin liners for kitchen caddies along with the annual delivery of blue bags for recycling. The deliveries will commence in October and continue up until the end of March.

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From 7 October , the council will reduce collections of residual waste to three black bags a fortnight, meaning that it will be more important than ever to improve food waste recycling rates.

The council’s Executive Board Member for Environment, Cllr Hazel Evans, said: “Figures show that almost a quarter of the contents of black bags in Carmarthenshire is food waste.

“Hopefully by delivering food bin liners we will encourage more people to use the food bins. No amount is too small, even if it is just a few tea bags, please recycle them as food waste in landfill creates methane, a greenhouse gas 23 times more deadly than carbon dioxide.

“It may be some time before residents receive their delivery, and we would ask them to please be patient. They are being delivered by our crews separately to the bin collections and with more than 87,000 homes in the country it will take some time.”

Although compostable and plastic liners pose a challenge to anaerobic digestion (AD) operators due to risk of contamination, the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has reported that caddy liners are known to increase participation in food waste recycling.

Carmarthenshire residents can find out when their food bin liners and blue bags are due to be delivered by visiting the delivery tracker on the council’s website.