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Success of smaller wheelie bins and food waste service

The introduction of new, smaller wheelie bins has seen Lambeth residents change their behaviour by recycling more and cutting the amount of rubbish just thrown away by more than 25 per cent.

The changes, which are part of the council’s waste minimisation strategy, are not only better for the environment but are also expected to deliver council budget savings worth £2million.

Almost 80,000 households in the borough have had their 240-litre containers replaced with 140-litre versions. People have now also got two new food waste bins, a small indoor one and larger outdoor ones.

The switch has seen a dramatic cut in the amount of rubbish thrown away – equal to 8,500 tonnes a year. And in one week the new push saw 87 tonnes of food waste collected.

Cllr Imogen Walker, Cabinet Member for Environment and Sustainability, said: “I want to thank the people of Lambeth for showing their commitment to recycle. They have really embraced this new scheme. I use the service myself and I was amazed at how much food I wasted and how much more I have ended up recycling.

“The roll-out means we have been able to keep weekly waste collections, and can still save money at a time when budgets and council services are under huge pressure.”

In Lambeth around 12,000 tonnes of food waste is thrown away every year, costing £1.75million a year to dispose of. Recycling food waste is helping to cut that bill in half.

Since the roll out started 32,000 households have been given advice on cutting excess waste and early figures 99.9 per cent of households are coping with the smaller bins.

The effort is being made as part of Lambeth Council’s Cleaner and Greener Streets campaign about everything we’re doing to make the borough a beautiful place, more sustainable place for everyone to enjoy.

For more information on the rollout visit: www.lambeth.gov.uk/Services/Environment/RubbishWasteRecycling/ChangesToWasteRecycling.htm.

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