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VIDEO: Rise in food waste recycling saves £200,000 in a year

Surrey residents saved an extra £200,000 to help protect essential services last year just by putting more food waste in caddies.

Food waste is more expensive to dispose of when it’s thrown in with the rubbish instead of being put in caddies for recycling.

The Surrey Waste Partnership – made up of Surrey County Council and the county’s 11 district and borough councils – ran a campaign last year highlighting that if all food waste in Surrey was put into caddies, an extra £3million-a-year would be saved to help protect services.

Now the partnership has launched a new campaign thanking residents for their efforts and asking them to boost savings further by recycling even more food waste this year.

Residents can put all of their food waste into caddies, which are collected weekly throughout Surrey. Caddies can be lined with any kind of plastic bag and smelly food waste can be put in a tied carrier bag and taken to outside food bins straightaway.

Surrey Waste Partnership initiatives include introducing food waste recycling countywide and developing joint communications to make sure residents are fully aware of what they can and can’t recycle. That includes a Recycle for Surrey online search tool and downloadable app.

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