We normally dispose of approx. 1 Stone of landfill/black bin waste every two weeks, but with all the extra food waste, I was staggered to see the weight increase to over 7.5 Stone (excluding the bin) i.e. well over 7 times the normal weight, and the bin being totally full instead of less than one third full. This excludes any garden waste/flowers etc or compostable food which won’t attract flies/vermin in the garden.
I’m unsure how many households there are in Welwyn Hatfield, but if it’s about 43,000, then that’s potentially an extra 1.8 Million extra Kg (1,800 Tonnes) of food being diverted into landfill every two weeks (= 47 Million extra Kg or 46,800 Tonnes per year) until the council re-instate the food recycling!
Please excuse my figures if they aren’t correct but it gives a rough idea – some smaller households will have less waste and some larger ones more.
Perhaps we can all pool our resources together to buy 43,000 food waste bins at a large discount, lease a lorry and hire staff to collect the bins every two weeks and deliver them to a recycling centre who will subsidise the scheme? Oh hang on, isn’t that a service we’re already paying for in council tax but not now receiving? !!
Also, we’ve noticed a large increase in bonfire smoke after dark recently, so I guess some residents are now burning their garden waste to avoid the Ł35 charge?