FOUR HUNDRED free composting bins have been snapped up by recycling-savvy residents, after a council survey highlighted significant interest in the ability to recycle food waste.
The uptake has prompted the council to make even more bins available, in their drive to continue improving the borough’s recycling rates and become carbon-neutral by 2030.
To encourage this green initiative, those who wish to make their own compost right at home will be supplied with a 220 litre composting bin with lid, allowing them to reduce waste and save money at the same time.
Residents who would like one, free of charge, can request one by calling the Customer Services team on 01642 774774. They are to be allocated on a first-come first-served basis, with a limit of one per household.
Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Cllr Barry Hunt, said:
“We are so pleased at the number of people who have taken up the opportunity to have a compost bin so far. 400 was the initial figure, which allowed us to see whether the interest displayed in the survey would be realised, and it absolutely has.
“There are now even more bins available as we want to support our residents in their efforts to live a more environmentally-responsible life, plus, we know there are initial costs involved in setting up households to make them greener. For this reason, we are providing these composting bins at no charge to those who will make good use of them.”