Residents urged to dispose of food waste in green bins.

PEOPLE in North Devon are being encouraged to give their food waste a new, recycled lease of life, instead of putting it out with their general rubbish.

North Devon Council is asking for more households to start using the food waste recycling service, or better still, to take up home composting as an alternative.

Executive Member for Environment, Cllr Rodney Cann, said: “Home composting has an important role to play and can be great fun for the whole family to get involved in.

“What’s more, after six to 12 months, you should have a usable compost that you can then use on your own garden.

“Of course, not all households will be able to home compost and in these instances, I would really like to urge them to start using the council’s food waste recycling service. That way, together we can divert more waste from ultimately ending up in landfill.”

To start using the food waste recycling service, households can place all their food waste into their green wheelie bin, or if they haven’t got a bin, they can request a kerbside caddy.

The council also provides small kitchen caddies, to make it more convenient for people to collect food waste in the kitchen.

Food waste that is buried at landfill with general rubbish (black wheelie bins/black bags) can create methane. This is a gas 20 times for harmful to the environment than carbon dioxide.

Instead, food waste and garden waste that is collected from the council’s kerbside recycling service is taken to a special composter in Deepmoor. This is then turned into compost, which is subsequently provided to local farms. For full details of what food waste items can go in your green wheelie bin, to request a kerbside caddy or kitchen caddy, or to get more information about home composting, contact the council.