Residents’ recycling results in stunning saving for Surrey

Published: 14 May 2019

Food waste stock imageSurrey residents recycled even more food waste in their caddies last year meaning that £310,000 is now being saved every year and helping to protect essential services.

Residents' efforts have made savings because it costs less to recycle food waste (turning it into electricity) than it does to dispose of it. And, even though it's only a small action, it shows that putting a bit more into your caddy can make a big difference.

Even though big savings are already being made, more food waste can go into caddies. In fact, if all food waste in Surrey went into caddies, it would save an extra £3 million a year. And remember, all food can go into your caddy so please put more in and help increase the savings being made.

Food savings amount Caddies can also be lined with any kind of plastic bag and smelly food waste can be put in a tied carrier bag and taken to outside food bins, which are collected weekly in Surrey, straight away.

Cllr Beryl Hunwicks, Surrey Environment Partnership's Chairman, said: "The savings that are being made are proof that Surrey residents are making a huge difference by recycling food waste. A big thank you to them and I'm confident that we'll save even more this year!"

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