Food caddies for recycling in Windsor and Maidenhead

Residents in Berkshire are being given caddies so they can recycle household food waste.

From 8 October the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead will start collecting the caddies and sending the waste to be turned into compost.

The council says food waste makes up a third of the contents of its black bins.

At today's prices it will save approximately £35 in disposal costs for every tonne of food waste collected.

Every household is currently being provided with a 23-litre caddy to go outside and a 7-litre caddy for use in the kitchen.

All food waste, including cooked food, dairy, meat and bones can be put in the caddies.

Councillor Phill Bicknell, cabinet member for highways, transport and environment, said: "Recycling our food can reduce these nasty greenhouse gases and save money and natural resources.

"I am really excited by this new initiative and am confident there will be a huge uptake by our environmentally conscious residents."

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