‘Long awaited’ food waste collections set to begin in Exeter ahead of city roll-out

Food waste collections are set to start in Exeter as 1,300 homes in Alphington have been identified to receive the weekly service.

Letters have been sent out by Exeter City Council to Alphington residents with Thursday rubbish and recycling collections, explaining the roll-out, beginning on November 4.

Food waste collections will be introduced throughout the rest of the city, with other areas and districts added to route when vehicles, drivers and food containers are available.

Exeter City Council said the collections were ‘long awaited’ and has launched a dedicated page on its website to deal with questions about the service, including how to line the caddy or bag up the food waste.

Containers and instructions will be issued to all households taking part in the first phase. Each household will receive a red 23-litre kerbside caddy as well as a five-litre grey kitchen caddy.

Once collected, the food waste will be turned into soil improver while generating gas and electricity.

Food waste in Exeter currently goes in with the general black bin waste and is sent to the city’s energy plant at Marsh Barton.

Cllr David Harvey, lead Councillor for city management, said: “It’s great to be finally rolling this out across the city.

“We will be doing this in a phased manner and extending the roll-out as and when we have the vehicles, drivers and containers available.

“At the moment we are having difficulties with the supply chain – we currently have one vehicle ready for the start of the roll-out and another coming in mid-November. Others will then need to follow.

“So, our message is ‘please be patient with us – it’s great to be finally up and running but this will take time as it is a big undertaking for the whole of the city – and we will be in touch about when your street is about to be added to the roll-out.

“In the meantime, please don’t contact our staff unless you really need to – all the information will be put on our website.”

The council said the roll-out will begin with 1,300 households in Alphington having the weekly service added to their waste and recycling collections – starting on Thursday, November 4 – before it is introduced gradually across the whole of the city.

Other areas will be added to the roll-out as and when vehicles, drivers and containers are available.

Exeter City Council said this will be dependent on the supply chain ‘which is currently an issue across the UK’.

Once set up, weekly collections will take place alongside existing collections of household black-bin waste and recycling.

A city council spokesperson said: “A dedicated page has been set up on the city council website to deal with questions about the service, including how to line the caddy or bag up the food waste.

“Dates for the rest of the city are still being looked at and will be clearly communicated with residents when a timetable has been developed.

“People are being requested not to call the Council but to visit the website where a set of frequently asked questions is available.”

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