A FOOD recycling project is being piloted in three areas of Denbighshire to encourage greater use of recycling facilities.

The council has noticed a total of 600 properties had not placed food waste caddies out. They have received a leaflet encouraging them to recycle food waste and ensure householders are aware of the equipment needed to recycle food.

This includes an orange kerbside collection bin, a silver kitchen caddy and a roll of compostable liners. Any households not placing their food waste bins ready for collection will be visited by a team of recycling advisors, to see what can be done to rectify any issues.

Recycling changes planned include a new weekly collections for recyclables such as paper, glass, cans, and plastic; another for nappies and incontinence wear; and one for food waste; and a new fortnightly collection for clothes and small electrical items.

If residents use the recycling service correctly, it should only result in a minimal amount of residual waste being created.

As a result, the council will be changing the collection of non recyclable waste to every four weeks for the majority of households. Residents will be issued with a bigger black bin if they need one, but overall, households would have more capacity each week for managing their waste than they have with our current service.

The new weekly recycling service would provide more capacity for recycling when compared to the current fortnightly collection with blue wheelie bins.

Cllr Brian Jones, cabinet member for waste, said: “The council provides a weekly food waste recycling service and people should use it to take away unwanted food. They should not place any food waste in their black bin. If this initiative is successful, it could be drawn out across the county.

“The council can fine people who repeatedly fail to separate their rubbish so it is important people take the time to put the right waste in the right container.

“But we need to understand why some people do not dispose of their food waste properly. This is a very timely initiative as we plan for a significant waste and recycling project in 2021."