Oxford City Council has provided residents of almost 4,000 flats in Oxford with the ability to recycle food for the first time.
The flats food recycling campaign is a three-year project – now in its second year – to roll-out food recycling to residents in all 19,000 of Oxford’s flats.
Last year, the City Council delivered food caddies to all its tenants living in flats – about 500 sites across Oxford.
Since October, the Council has provided food recycling caddies to 3,960 privately-owned flats.
The roll-out has had an immediate impact: between October 2015 and January 2016, residents of Oxford’s flats recycled 104 tonnes of food – twice the 52 tonnes that were recycled during the same period a year ago.
Recycled food in Oxford is used to generate power for about 8,000 homes and create fertiliser for local farms.
Resident and landlords of flats that are not already part of the scheme can request to take part by contacting the City Council’s recycling team on 01865 249811 or [email protected].
Residents will need to get permission from their landlord or managing agent before the City Council can deliver food recycling caddies.
Councillor John Tanner, Executive Board Member for Cleaner, Greener Oxford, said: “Recycling food waste makes sense. Not only does it generate power for local residents and fertiliser for local farmers, it also makes flats a nicer environment to live in because, rather than having food sit around for two weeks in the green bin, food caddies are collected weekly.
“I’m delighted that so many management agents have seen the benefit of this project, and I would encourage all those who haven’t done so already to contact us and take part.”