Borough-wide Food Waste Collection To Be Rolled Out

Council pledges to introduce full service by end of next year

Many other boroughs already have comprehensive food waste collection schemes

September 22, 2023

Wandsworth Council has announced a new plan for waste and recycling which it says will bring borough-wide food waste collection by the end of 2024.

24 of London’s borough’s already offer this service but the council has been running limited-area trials over the last few years with a view to expanding collections.

The changes are part of a Cleaner Borough Plan that the council claims will make it easier and simpler to recycle and help achieve a target boost to recycling of 4%.

These changed will be introduced as part of a new proposed 4-year waste contract – include:

• Guaranteed weekly bin collections

• Food waste collections for all.

• Better services for housing estates – crews will pick up the waste left by the side of rubbish bins as well as the bins themselves and provide. The council says it will provide more bins, better signage and improved communications.

• A new fleet of modern vehicles – will run on used cooking oil with in-cab technology so missed collections can be identified and quickly picked up.

• Improved recycling services - we will make it easier to recycle food, batteries, electrical equipment and more - with clear information on what can be recycled.

• More Mega Skips – increased from 12 to 18 days this year - which has already reduced fly-tipping by 11%.

Judi Gasser, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said, “We’ve listened carefully to residents and are investing heavily to ensure we do our part as a council to make it easier for residents to recycle. Our plans include the introduction of a borough-wide food waste collection service, new greener vehicles, and missed collections are tackled.

“We want everyone to take pride in their local neighbourhood. With the help of residents, our Cleaner Borough Plan will mean clean and tidy streets, and really improve our recycling rates as a borough so that we’re doing our part to build a sustainable future for all."

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