Arrival of the kitchen caddy

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THOUSANDS of Bridlington households will be welcoming new additions to their kitchens as the council prepares to roll out an ambitious new recycling service.

The scheme will see up to 22,000 households across Bridlington and the surrounding villages receive a new 7-litre indoor bin, or ‘kitchen caddy’, to put their food waste in, which can then be emptied into the brown bins for recycling.

It is the first time food waste in the region will be recycled instead of being sent to landfill.

The scheme will also see the introduction of brown bins being used for cardboard as well as the food waste in addition to the garden waste they are currently used for.

The roll-out is starting in the Holderness area and working its way up the coast to reach Beeford in the week beginning March 28 and is expected to reach Bridlington town centre and the surrounding villages in the week starting April 11.

John Skidmore, head of Streetscene Services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, is confident residents will embrace the new scheme, which will become a permanent fixture of the authority’s recycling policy.

He said: “We always have a fantastic response from East Riding and Bridlington residents to recycling schemes, so I am very confident that they will be delighted with this.

“I am very confident it will be a huge success.

“We will be continuing it. This isn’t a trial, it is going in across the East Riding and the roll-out is expected to be complete by June.

“We know that it will be popular because it is what residents are asking for – more kerbside collections and more recycling.”

The brown bins will be collected fortnightly all year round and Mr Skidmore added that using the caddies will help the region push the amount it recycles past the 50% mark.

“We expect to generate in total, 9,000 tonnes of food waste across the East Riding and in the Bridlington area we expect it to be 2,000 tonnes,” he said.

“That will all go to compost thanks to this scheme.”

Recycling the food waste has been made possible thanks to a new system of composting which heats the rubbish to remove the risk of health hazards.

Householders will face no extra charge for their caddies or the bio-degradable bags, known as cornstarch liners, which will be used to line the containers.

Each household will be given a roll of 150 liners on the prediction that residents will use an average of three bags per week annually.

Once the roll has run out, newspaper can be used to line the caddy or more bags can be picked up at council customer service centres and libraries.

Councillor Symon Fraser, portfolio holder for environment and planning at the council, is an enthusiastic supporter of the new scheme.

He said: “Up to a third of the waste in an average green household bin is food which goes to landfill.

“From every angle, including environmental and economic, it makes sense to compost it.”

Leftover meats, fish and bones are included in the food waste that can be put in the brown bins once the system is in place, as well as garden waste and all types of cardboard as long as it is stripped of wrapping, cellophane and tape.

In total, nearly all 150,000 households in the East Riding will receive caddies and the officials delivering them will also drop off information packs and be ready to advise householders on how to use the new service.

The scheme is part of East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Target 45+ campaign which involves the authority working with Hull City Council to try and bring the percentage of waste being recycled in the region up to 45%.

East Riding of Yorkshire’s recycling and composting rate was 38% for the year 2009/10, but it is hoped that this new service will help push it up well above its 45% target.