Lewes District Council has announced it is to roll out a new food recycling service to combat its unenviable landfill records, lewes.gov.uk reports.

Local councillors have unveiled rather ambitious plans to double the amount of food recycling in their area over the course of just 12 months. A large-scale scheme such as this was desperately needed, however, as the district currently has the lowest recycling and composting rates in the whole of Sussex.

As it stands, just 23 per cent of waste material is recycled or composted, a figure which the council has hoped will rise to 46 per cent when its new measures are rolled out.

The scheme will involve supplying each household overseen by the District Council with an outside recycling bin for food waste, a smaller kitchen caddy and a supply of compostible bin liners, so residents do not need to purchase their own.

Locals have also been given a leaflet that explains the scheme and is also designed to encourage them to take part.

For its part, the local council has pledged to empty the recycling bins once a week on the same day it collects waste. It has also pledged that 100 per cent of all the food recycling collected will be used for composting in agriculture, horticulture and landscaping.

Explaining the scheme, Lewes District Council Leader, Cllr James Page told sussexexpress.co.uk: “This new service will provide householders with an easy way of recycling their food waste from home which will not only boost recycling figures but help to reduce waste.

“The new service will also help put money back into residents’ pockets by making them aware of just how much food is wasted, so they shop smarter and waste less.”

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