Dealing with food waste in hot weather- advice from TMBC

One of the key advantages of TMBC’s alternating collection service is that food waste can still be disposed of weekly, especially during periods of hotter weather.

In green-lidded bin collection week, food waste should be placed directly into the green-lidded bin with your garden waste and cardboard. As this waste is sent straight for composting, rather than sorted, plastic or cornstarch bags cannot be used to wrap the food waste. If residents wish to wrap the food waste to help reduce odours, they can wrap it in newspaper or cardboard (eg cereal boxes). Alternatively, they may wish to use paper liners. We have a supply of sample liners for residents to try, and also provide a list of stockists on our website, although more and more supermarkets now stock them. We also provide kitchen caddies for food waste, to help reduce trips to the green-lidded bin.

Clearly we would like to compost as much food waste as possible, but we do appreciate that residents may have concerns about odours during hotter weather and may wish to use their black bin on the alternate week.

In black bin collection week, any food waste placed into the black bin can be wrapped in plastic bags to help reduce odours, and will be sent to generate electricity at the Allington energy-from-waste plant. This allows residents to use whichever bin is next due for collection and provide a weekly collection where required.

This information has been regularly included in leaflets to residents and full details of our services can also be found on our website at www.tmbc.gov.uk/waste. We have a range of online forms for reporting problems such as a missing bin or fly tipping – http://www.tmbc.gov.uk/do-it-online. Residents can also sign up to TMBC’s My Account facility so that they receive automatic updates on a range of TMBC services, including waste updates such as any changes over Bank Holidays or during bad weather: https://www.tmbc.gov.uk/my-account#register

Contact Waste Services (waste.services@tmbc.gov.uk or 01732 876147) if you have further queries.

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