Views sought on food waste collections

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TAXPAYERS are being urged to consider the double benefit of food waste collections as the local authority considers changes to its services.

This week South Northants Council issued an online questionnaire to gauge support for weekly food waste collections.

Dermot Bambridge, SNC’s portfolio holder for environment and waste, hopes residents will welcome the move.

He added: “It has several benefits which include reducing the amount of waste sent to expensive landfill, less risk of smells and experience shows that it actually helps families reduce food bills through greater awareness of waste.

“We would be able to bid for Government funding for this change which, if successful, would reduce our costs further.

“As well as the economic and hygienic benefits, the process the food waste goes through creates useable energy and compost.

“In short it would save money - helping keep down council tax - and helps the environment.”

The food would go to an anaerobic digestion plant where, as it breaks down into compost, it produces methane which is then burned to produce electricity. The compost can also be used as a soil conditioner.

Anyone wishing to comment on the plan can email foodwaste@southnorthants.gov.uk or fill in the questionnaire online at www.southnorthants.gov.uk.