Fylde say food collection system is working

Fylde Borough Council are thanking their residents after the council introduced a food waste collection system. Many of the residents are regularly now recycling their food and garden waste. They are producing compost which is being given away after being collected in green wheely bins. To date over six tonnes has been given away.

The compost is being distributed to any residents who want it in Fylde and can be collected from St Paul’s Avenue Car Park, Fairhaven Lake, Lytham St Annes. The collection will start at 10am and continue until it has all been given away, the council reminded residents to bring their own bags (maximum two.)

Mr Pounder, Councillor for the area has stated that, “the residents have done a fantastic job recycling their food and garden waste material. Together we have achieved very impressive rates of recycling. At the compost give away, advice on how to further help the environment will also be imparted, such as how to compost at home.”

Lancashire has made composting bins available to all residents for a small charge of fifteen pounds each. By composting, less waste is burned at landfill which creates methane, which is harmful to the environment as it is a greenhouse gas. Residents of Lancashire are encouraged to attend these events to get advice on how to start making their own composting facilities at home, the council recognises the huge potential benefits this can bring the the environment.

Global Renewables is providing the compost and they operate waste processing facilities for Lancashire and Blackpool. The company which work for the council has two large facilities which  can process over 50,000 tonnes of waste a year. The compost being produced has received certification by the Organics Recycling Association, which is based on the long existing compost standards scheme.

Composting in the way Global Renewables does is only trumped by home composting in its beneficial impact on the environment. A secondary benefit of composting is that by using compost less manure is needed which is harvested from fragile environments.

Lancashire has been, for nearly a decade, one of the highest producers of home compost; with compost bin numbers exceeding 170,000. In turn Lancashire has been able to reduce the amount sent to landfill. When you consider that every household that composts will reduce the amount sent to landfill by over 200 kilos every year, it is clear why the council pursues this programme.