Five thousand more flats soon able to recycle food

Published: Monday, 23rd November 2015

Oxford City Council has started delivering more than 5,000 food caddies to residents of private flats so that they can recycle food waste for the first time.

This is the second year of a three-year project to roll-out food recycling to residents living in all 19,000 of Oxford’s flats.

Over the last year the Council has delivered food caddies to all its tenants living in flats – about 500 sites across the city. This has resulted in an extra 70 tonnes of food waste being collected.

The roll-out to private rented flats started in October and will continue for the next three months.

Residents and landlords of flats that are not already part of the scheme can request to take part by contacting us. Residents will need to get permission from their landlord or managing agent.

Councillor John Tanner, Board member for a Cleaner, Greener Oxford, said “I’m thrilled that even more Oxford residents will soon be able to recycle their food waste.

“Having a food waste caddy and weekly collections is especially important for people in flats, who usually don’t have the option of composting the waste in the garden.”

“Recycled food is used to generate electricity for 8,000 homes and as fertiliser for local farms, which makes more sense that just incinerating it with other rubbish.”