Gloucestershire - Taking steps for greener future

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Gloucestershire - Taking steps for greener future

Residents in Gloucestershire could be having their kitchen waste collected along with their rubbish after councillors agreed to look at providing a food waste composting site in the county. And it could reduce the amount of rubbish going into landfill by 25%.

Gloucestershire County Council's Cabinet today agreed to look at providing an 'In Vessel' composting site in the county. It would reduce the amount of rubbish going into landfill by 25%, by separating biodegradable kitchen waste and turning it into compost.
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Cllr Stan Waddington, cabinet member for environment said: "We have strict targets to reduce the amount of rubbish we send to landfill until 2020, not only to benefit the environment, but also avoid the risk of receiving heavy fines. Food waste makes up about 25% of our household waste and this new composting facility would allow our district council partners to collect kitchen waste and turn it into compost we can use again."

The in vessel composter would compost 60,000 tonnes of green waste every year, including 30,000 tonnes of food waste. Gloucestershire throws away more than 300,000 tonnes of rubbish every year and has to pay the cost of putting this in landfill. This new facility would reduce that burden and the cost to the taxpayer.

This development is a major step forward in the joint waste management strategy being developed by the county and six district councils. A public consultation on the draft strategy starts at the end of this month. The in-vessel composting system, if approved, could be in place by 2009.

Posted : 18/10/2006 08:33:51

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