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Love your food and hate waste say Gloucester City Council in new campaign

By citizenmike  |  Posted: February 06, 2014

Love your leftovers says Councillor Kate Haigh

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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.

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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.


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.”

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  • Bonkim2003  |  February 16 2014, 6:54PM

    Love your food and hate west is yesterday's campaign - a little late for Gloucester to catch up. Check why Glos people don't dance to the council's tune - may be they think it is a waste of time and their hard earned council tax.

  • Bonkim2003  |  February 12 2014, 11:46AM

    Supernova - food waste collection efficiency - around 50% not 5% - typo

  • Bonkim2003  |  February 12 2014, 11:45AM

    supernova - Food waste collections are rated good if they reach 5%. So a lot of the stuff ends up in landfill anyway but would have made good fuel in an EFW.. Materials recovery facilities are now Hi-tech can sort out any number of different materials based if it is worth taking out based on prevailing market prices. Much of glass is low value and although some energy savings compared with manufacture from virgin materials, more often than not the hassle of collection, and transport, bulking and handling costs too much and involves various middle-men that take their cut - and glass is inert materials , can also be crushed to make aggregate, etc. The recycling myth has grown on the back of ignorant opseudo environmentalists that have no understanding of basic science and commerce. To give one simple example - combustible materials, food waste included whether they react with air at low temperature over a long period or is burnt fast in an energy from waste plant, the latter gives out high temperature heat that can be used to generate electricity which then offsets fossil fuels - which helps with the overall carbon emissions. Yet look at the protests against the Javelin Park EFW, those protesting would prefer a much more convoluted and inefficient composting process (MBT) which produces dried fuel pellets that has to be burnt somewhere else - huge quantities of this is exported to Europe to feed their EFWs and they get the EU green-credits for avoiding emissions. How silly is that? The compost produced from mixed food and garden waste is unsaleable, has low value as a private land-dressing - cost of production - over £250/tonne - sale value £15 to 20/te. You and I are paying the difference.

  • supernova1  |  February 12 2014, 11:01AM

    Bonkim2003................it's frightening how I agree with you recently. I too find the whole concept of separating food waste and treating it etc, etc a complete waste of time, money and resources. The very fact that the leases are coming up for renewal on the outrageous kerbsiders, and that councilors are looking at alternatives, just show what a knee jerk reaction there was, how ever many years ago they were introduced. They only collect limited waste, yet they belch out disgusting fumes while they stand in your area for fifteen minutes while a pathetically small amount of stuff is sorted. This is not have a go at the collectors, they do a brilliant job, but it's ridiculous. Far better to collect EVERYTHING in one bin, ship it to an industrial sorting depot. There, a conveyer belt takes the lot. Either side you have pickers taking their allocated items. They have a hopper alongside them, which drops down to a skip. When that skip is full, of say, bottle tops, it's whisked away to the recyclers. Trouble is, the 'elf 'n' safety' ****s immediately raise a hand and shout 'cross contamination'!!! Conveniently forgetting to mention the fact that everything that is going to be re-processed, will be heated to thousands of degrees, thus killing every living bug known to man. I dread to think how long it will take to repay the energy used in making all the different bins we are supposed to fill with different items, and STILL don't recycle everything. The is a company near Kidderminster that used to be called Forge Recycling. They had a convey system, and were getting over 90% recycling rate, and aiming for 100%. There are plenty of brownfield sites around Gloucester that could do this.

  • Bonkim2003  |  February 11 2014, 12:02AM

    Kay Powell - have you checked the carbon foot print of washing your food waste bins? Hot water and domestic water has to be pumped to your house and waste water treated - all energy consuming. Quite apart from working out how much your time is valued and what else you could have done instead of cleaning food waste collection bins?

  • Bonkim2003  |  February 10 2014, 11:59PM

    Kay Powell - Add up transport for collection and delivery to the in-vessel composting site + energy for shredding + energy for warm air blow and intermediate transfers within the composting site, turning, etc, + add to it equal amount of garden waste that has to be fed into an IVC to maintain carbon balance + all the above for the garden waste which is not required to the same extent if it went to windrow composting without food waste. Now check up typical council collection cost and efficiency and work up cost per tonne collected + cost per tonne for IVC (bear in mind you have to increase cost of composting an equal amount of garden waste for IVC - if I were to tell you typical cost for collecting say 3000te of food waste is over £600 or 700K - and typical IVC charge £50 or 60/Te and that you have to have another 3000te of garden waste for IVC, you start getting the idea of costs and added carbon emissions. Compare that with say home composting - you can compost both food and garden waste - and in a rural county - collecting food and garden waste makes no sense. although there may be a case for food waste collection in Gloucester and Cheltenham and also the catering and food processing wastes and have a central anaerobic digester. The beauty of energy from waste is that you collect the lot weekly with your general waste, separate any valuable material at a central sorting station and fire the rest into an EFW - only collection to be considered - possibly strategically located garden waste (optional), encourage home composting as it used to be before the recycling target culture came into being - and Mother Earth will smile again as also you will see change from your council tax bill. Waste collection + treatment costs the average Mug in Gloucestershire over 30% of their city or district council tax bill. One might say food for thought and more saving than learning to cook left overs or use past sell by date items.

  • Kay_Powell  |  February 10 2014, 6:42PM

    How does it increase carbon emissions, Bonkim?

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  • Bonkim2003  |  February 10 2014, 8:58AM

    Food waste collection and in vessel composting cost an arm and a leg and increases carbon emissions. A totally useless service. Chasing recycling targets mean little to the environment but means a lot to the householder's pocket.

  • Kay_Powell  |  February 09 2014, 4:48PM

    I know people who have tried to use paper liners, and they go soggy and collapse. As I said, I don't use liners at all myself.

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  • Bio Caddy Liners  |  February 08 2014, 3:52PM

    I'm don't understand why you suggest paper liners are impractical? As for cost a quality paper liner and a quality starch liner cost between 10 and 15 pence each, depending on the amount of waste you generate it will cost between 15 to 45 pence a week, that not ridiculously expensive?