LOVE your food and hate waste, a special recycling think tank is urging Gloucester residents.
An innovative new campaign is to be launched in a bid to reduce black bin, non-recyclable waste by 20 per cent.
Doing so would also improve Gloucester’s low recycling rate of just 36 per cent.
City residents are being encouraged to use starch bags for the first time to line their food caddies – making the unpleasant prospect of handling food waste slightly more palatable for many.
Councillor Kate Haigh (L, Robinswood), who has led the waste task force for a year, is a self-confessed lover of leftovers – and she is urging people to think about what they buy and how they can use their food before it heads straight for the bin.
She said: “A lot of people don’t feel comfortable with using a caddy and having to clean it out, which is understandable, but using the starch bags will make it a lot more pleasant.”
A new Love Food, Hate Waste campaign is set to be launched in the city next month to kick-start the project. Every taxpayer will received information about the scheme on the back of their council tax notices for the coming financial year.
Councillor Gordon Taylor (C, Abbey), who has also been leading on the year-long research into the city’s recycling efforts, said: “Food waste is not being recycled as well as it could be. It would be good for people to be able to use these starch type bags.”
The council will not supply the corn starch bags itself, but residents can buy and use any that have a special ‘compostable’ logo on them. They can then be placed in the brown food caddy and put out for collection as normal.
Currently the caddies can only be lined with items such as old newspapers.
A council spokeswoman said: “We’ve listened to your views and now accept corn starch bags in your food waste caddy. You can also still use newspaper, kitchen towel and paper bags to line your caddy.
“You can take up to 20 per cent out of your black bin by using your weekly food waste collection.”
Some households do not yet have a food caddy but can request one free of charge by calling the council on 01452 396396.
HOW TO USE YOUR LEFTOVERS
QUEEN of leftovers Kate Haigh has cooked up a tasty massaman curry using left over fruit and vegetables. She’s encouraging people to think twice about what they buy and how to use it before it heads for the bin.
“For the curry you need leftover roast or braised meat cubed – beef, lamb or chicken – with boiled potatoes and green beans.
“Take an onion, chop and put in a pan with some oil, soften, add between half and a whole jar of massaman curry paste (available in supermarkets) then add the meat and vegetables. Pour in a can of coconut milk and simmer for 30-40 mins.
“Take onion, peppers, sweet potato, carrots or other veg that need using up and chop. Soften in another pan. Add garlic and ginger and a tablespoon of curry powder. Stir in a tin of tomatoes and if you have any, some chopped pineapple (tinned is fine). Simmer until the veg is softened.
“Serve with rice, nan, chappatis or whatever you prefer. I like to stir mint sauce into plain yoghurt and serve on the side.”