Guess what... food recycling in green bins is a winner

Would you believe it... just as Rugby Borough prepares to stop green bin collections for three months, the county council has won an award for food waste recycling.

Monday, 21st November 2016, 2:23 pm
Updated Tuesday, 22nd November 2016, 11:27 am
Yep, food recycling's a winner. Warwickshire County Council Waste Management representatives Caroline Faulkner (left) and Ruth Payne being presented with WCCs Gold Green Apple Award by Francois Sonnet  founder of the Solar Coin  at the Houses of Parliament. NNL-161121-145715001

Rugby Borough’s controversial move is already under fire from its Lib Dem councillors.

They say the ruling Conservative group has talked about the move saving £25,000 while the county council has stated that Rugby’s action could cost it £30,000 – and this is all public money.

Warwickshire County Council won a Green Apple Environment Award in the international campaign to find the greenest companies, councils and communities.

The authority’s Grey to Green food waste recycling scheme competed against more than 500 other nominations in the Green Apple Awards for Environmental Best Practice, and county representatives were presented with a trophy and certificate at a presentation ceremony in the Houses of Parliament, London on November 11.

The awards are organised by The Green Organisation – an international, independent, non-political, non-profit environmental group dedicated to recognising, rewarding and promoting environmental best practice around the world.

Cllr Jeff Clarke, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for the Environment and Chair of the Warwickshire Waste Partnership said: “We are thrilled and delighted to receive international recognition for Grey to Green which has already seen a 71 per cent increase in food waste capture rates, plus annual CO2 equivalent savings of around 3,000 tonnes.

“Encouraging residents to put their food waste in their green wheeled bin instead of their dustbin is also generating huge savings in disposal costs – with the potential to save another £1 million a year.”

Cllr Philip Johnson said: “This is a big thank you to the Warwickshire waste collection authorities and the waste disposal authority plus the county’s residents – it really does pay to recycle.

“We are also delighted to see the same project through to the finals of the LGC Awards 2017 and the Public Sector Energy & Sustainability Awards 2016.”

Warwickshire’s latest food waste recycling promotion is ‘I’m In to Win’ which offers residents the chance to win monthly prizes by registering at