A month on since food waste recycling was rolled out across North Devon and figures suggest the service is proving palatable, says North Devon Council. All households served by the green wheelie bin service have been able to start recycling their food was

A month on since food waste recycling was rolled out across North Devon and figures suggest the service is proving palatable, says North Devon Council.

All households served by the green wheelie bin service have been able to start recycling their food waste - from chicken bones and vegetable peelings, to leftovers from dinner plates and even teabags.

This follows on from the first phase in May, which saw homes not on wheelie bin rounds benefiting from the service.

Although in its early stages, some 30 tonnes of food waste are now being collected every week. This is taken to a new composter at Deep Moor where it is turned into compost for farm land.

Councillor Rodney Cann, Lead Member for Waste and Recycling, said: "These figures are really promising and show people here in North Devon are keen to recycle more of their waste.

"The service is simple and convenient to use, and as the weeks go on I hope even more people will give it a try. That way, we can cut down even further on the amount of waste we send to landfill, which is good news for future generations."

It's believed more than a quarter of the waste that currently goes to landfill is food waste. This contributes to methane being produced, a greenhouse gas that adds to global warming. Therefore, composting this waste instead will see a reduction in this gas.

To use the service, follow the points below:

If you have a green wheelie bin - place food waste into your green bin, along with garden waste. For your convenience, you have been given a kitchen caddy to collect food waste in before transferring it to your bin. If you want, you can line the caddy with newspaper or kitchen roll. Corn starch bags can also be used, with a list of suppliers at www.northdevon.gov.uk.

Those not on a wheelie bin service will have been given a kerbside caddy in addition to the small kitchen caddy. Put your kerbside caddy out for collection along with your green box and green bag.

Cardboard can no longer be put into your green wheelie bin. Instead put flattened cardboard into your new reusable brown bag. This is collected weekly with your other recyclables.

If customers don't have a green wheelie bin or a kerbside caddy but would like to benefit from the food waste recycling service, they are being encouraged to contact the council. They can either email greensweepdirect@northdevon.gov.uk or phone (01271) 374776. More details about the food waste recycling service can also be found at www.northdevon.gov/greensweep.