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Bournemouth’s new food waste service hailed a success after 162 tonnes of rubbish collected

Bournemouth Echo: Larry Austin, strategic operations Manager at Bournemouth Council demonstrates the brown food waste bin Larry Austin, strategic operations Manager at Bournemouth Council demonstrates the brown food waste bin

BOURNEMOUTH’S new food waste collections have been hailed a success after 162 tonnes of rubbish were collected in the first month.

However, the first few weeks have also seen its fair share of teething problems, with around 800 food containers accidentally taken to landfill or returned to the wrong household.

The new scheme was funded with £7million of government money and has seen Bourne-mouth residents issued with a kitchen caddy and food waste container.

The food waste is composted into a high quality soil improver and renewable energy. The amount of energy generated from the waste collected so far is equal to the total power use for 11 households for a year.

Initial findings show that residents in Kings Park and Boscombe have been among the most active in taking up the scheme.

Cllr Michael Filer, cabinet member for waste, said: “We’re delighted that so many people are using the service and their new food waste containers.

“The more people use it, the more food waste we can divert to make high quality compost and to generate electricity.

“It also reduces the amount money we spend on disposing of general rubbish, which means it is available for other front line services.”

The first month has also seen problems with refuse workers accidentally throwing the food waste containers on to the back of the trucks or returning them to the wrong households.

Bournemouth council said it had built a contingency fund into the scheme and were replacing lost containers free of charge within 48 hours.

Reg Hutton, head of waste operations, said: “Since its launch, the council has collected food waste from 60,000 Bournemouth households on a weekly basis, amounting to almost 300,000 bins emptied overall.

“Some 800 reports of missing food waste containers have been received during this time equating to just 0.26 per cent of all household collections “Like any scheme of this magnitude the council anticipated some issues in rolling out the new operation.

“We are continuing to support residents and staff, whilst closely monitoring the scheme to identify any issues and additional training needs.”

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4:23pm Mon 7 Apr 14

whataboutthat says...

"The amount of energy generated from the waste collected so far is equal to the total power use for 11 households for a year."
What about the diesel used by lorries to collect it?
"The amount of energy generated from the waste collected so far is equal to the total power use for 11 households for a year." What about the diesel used by lorries to collect it? whataboutthat
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4:39pm Mon 7 Apr 14

magace says...

More foxes looking for food.
More foxes looking for food. magace
  • Score: 1

4:59pm Mon 7 Apr 14

pinoso318 says...

According to the figures in the report it means that only 20% of households are actually using this service. 1 in every 5 households. How can that be hailed as a success ?
According to the figures in the report it means that only 20% of households are actually using this service. 1 in every 5 households. How can that be hailed as a success ? pinoso318
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5:03pm Mon 7 Apr 14

dailymailreader says...

pinoso318 wrote:
According to the figures in the report it means that only 20% of households are actually using this service. 1 in every 5 households. How can that be hailed as a success ?
If ours is being used to store the kids lego in would that being classed as using it?
[quote][p][bold]pinoso318[/bold] wrote: According to the figures in the report it means that only 20% of households are actually using this service. 1 in every 5 households. How can that be hailed as a success ?[/p][/quote]If ours is being used to store the kids lego in would that being classed as using it? dailymailreader
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5:17pm Mon 7 Apr 14

djd says...

Why are the Council not using the new large refuse lorries to collect the food waste?
I thought that was the purpose of the new lorries with a separate food waste compartment in front of the household waste compartment.
Instead we see a small van collecting the food waste.
Why are the Council not using the new large refuse lorries to collect the food waste? I thought that was the purpose of the new lorries with a separate food waste compartment in front of the household waste compartment. Instead we see a small van collecting the food waste. djd
  • Score: 2

5:43pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Lord Spring says...

Them bones them dry bones that's all they will get from medal me.
Them bones them dry bones that's all they will get from medal me. Lord Spring
  • Score: 0

5:51pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Townee says...

I wonder how many student houses are using them? The ones who live near me still haven't taken their brown bins indoors both small and large x2 are still in the garden and their dustbins are still out on the pavement 3 weeks now.
When they do take them in the dust bin men go into the garden to empty them, leaving them on the pavement.
I wonder how many student houses are using them? The ones who live near me still haven't taken their brown bins indoors both small and large x2 are still in the garden and their dustbins are still out on the pavement 3 weeks now. When they do take them in the dust bin men go into the garden to empty them, leaving them on the pavement. Townee
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6:11pm Mon 7 Apr 14

BmthNewshound says...

First impressions not good - first the week after report that containers had been thrown in the back of dustbin cart and taken to landfill the same thing happened on our road - how many have been discarded in this way ?. Secondly, fed up of having to go up and down the street trying to retrieve our brown box as the dustbin men don't return them to the right little bin.
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If the council can't get its act together then I won't bother to participate in the scheme.
First impressions not good - first the week after report that containers had been thrown in the back of dustbin cart and taken to landfill the same thing happened on our road - how many have been discarded in this way ?. Secondly, fed up of having to go up and down the street trying to retrieve our brown box as the dustbin men don't return them to the right little bin. . If the council can't get its act together then I won't bother to participate in the scheme. BmthNewshound
  • Score: 3

6:26pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Carolyn43 says...

How is it successful that people are throwing so much food away?
How is it successful that people are throwing so much food away? Carolyn43
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8:05pm Mon 7 Apr 14

s-pb2 says...

Personally I havent used the brown bin because I dont waste food. Im sure there are many others out there who only buy what they need and dont waste.
Personally I havent used the brown bin because I dont waste food. Im sure there are many others out there who only buy what they need and dont waste. s-pb2
  • Score: 2

9:27am Tue 8 Apr 14

pete woodley says...

Whats the cost on the rates.
Whats the cost on the rates. pete woodley
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