Food waste collection pilot
We introduced a separate food waste pilot scheme in areas of Stranmillis and Malone in early 2016. We did this to find out how useful a weekly food waste collection in diverting more food from landfill. The areas involved include Bladon, Hillside, Deramore, Newforge, Piney Hills and Malone Meadows.
There are several reasons why we are trying this new approach:
How the pilot works:
- A study in Belfast showed that over 25 per cent of the material in black landfill bins is food, despite food being collected in brown bins for over five years. This costs the ratepayer an additional £750,000 per annum.
- The number of brown bins presented for collection declines across the city over the winter.
- Both the EU and National governments have identified food waste to be hugely detrimental to the environment and economy. Without improved collection rates we are likely to miss our recycling targets.
If you live in the trial area and need an extra green bin, food waste caddy or replacement bin, you can:
- Participating households have all received a small green bin for their food waste. This is emptied weekly, every Tuesday.
- Residents in the trial area who wish to continue to use their brown bin for the disposal of food waste throughout the pilot can continue to do so.
We have also conducted surveys in the food waste trial area during August 2016 to find out if the trial has made recycling your food waste easier to do. From the results, we found that 88 per cent of residents in the area have taken part in the trial, and 74 per cent prefer a weekly collection of food waste. Residents in the area are also recycling a lot more organic waste between their brown bins and food waste bins than they did before just using their brown bin. This is an indication that a separate weekly collection of food waste is working and will help us reach our recycling targets.
The trial is still ongoing and we continue to measure the results. This will help us plan how waste will be collected across the city in the future.