We are reminding residents to use their brown bin to get rid of all food waste instead of their black bin. An orange tag was placed on the handles of all black bins across the City, as a polite reminder to you to dispose of your food waste in the brown bin.
These tags have resulted in an additional 1604 brown bins and caddies being delivered across the city and an increase of over 1.5 tonnes of brown bin waste. As a thank you to our residents for their ongoing efforts in recycling food and garden waste we have been able to distribute 2400 bags of free compost.
Properties that have no brown bin and instead have a 23 litre green outdoor caddy collection should continue to use their caddy to dispose of food waste.
What we mean when we say put food waste in the right place
We provide all residents with a brown bin or a 23 litre food caddy, kitchen caddy and liners free of charge to help get rid of unwanted food waste.
A recent waste study found that 26 per cent of household waste in black bins is food waste.
Putting food waste in the brown bin is better for the environment because it is made in to compost. This also means there will be more room in the black bin for items that cannot currently be recycled like hygiene products such as nappies or wipes.
Please ensure you are doing the following to make sure your black bin is collected -
- present your black bin by 7am on the scheduled collection day
- we can only collect what is inside the bin.
- do not overfill your bin and make sure the lid is fully closed
- do not present side waste with your black bin as this will not be collected
For more information about brown bin recycling, scan the QR code on the orange tag using your smartphone or android device.
Remember to use your brown bin or food caddy to dispose of all unwanted food waste such as -
- tea bags
- plate scrapings
- left over takeaway