FOOD caddies for the new 123+ waste collection service will start to be delivered to residents across Stratford District including Alcester and Studley, in preparation for the start of the new service on August 1, 2022.
From Tuesday, April 19, two food caddies will be delivered to more than 62,000 households over four weeks together with an information booklet explaining how the new waste collection service works and what you need to do.
Residents will be provided with a small 7 litre caddy and a larger 23 litre external food waste bin. The small caddy is designed to be kept in the kitchen for collecting food waste, which can then be transferred into the external food waste bin for collection.
The new 123+ service will see:
1) A new food waste collection every week, using a small kitchen caddy and larger external food waste bin.
2) A recycling collection, every two weeks using householders’ existing wheeled bin for paper, card, food and drink cans, glass bottles and jars, aerosols, food and drink cartons, plastic bottles, plastic pots, tubs and trays.
3) The refuse bin collection for non recyclable items changing from a collection every two weeks to every three weeks.
Plus, garden waste collection service to continue to be collected every two weeks.
The aim is to reduce waste and increase recycling and also make the service more effective and efficient through joint working, minimising mileage travelled on collection rounds and reducing environmental pollution.
It’s being introduced on August 1 as the separate waste contracts for Stratford District Council and Warwick District Council end in 2022 providing an ideal opportunity for the two authorities to work together.
Climate change portfolio holder Councillor Ian Shenton said: “Although the new food caddies are being rolled out this week, please be patient as residents won’t be receiving them all at the same time.
“Delivery to all households is expected to be over a four-week period.
“In preparation for the new service, residents will also receive an information booklet explaining all about the new service and most importantly the new collection calendar.
“The new food waste recycling service will make it easy for people to recycle their food waste every week. This will help remove any smelly waste from refuse bins and leaving more space for other rubbish. I know this is a change from the current service and habits, but I am sure that residents will adapt positively to this part of the new service.”
It is estimated UK households waste 6.5million tonnes of food every year, 4.5 million of which is edible.