Food recycling scheme thrown out by council

A food recycling scheme has been rejected
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A FOOD recycling scheme has been rejected as it would cost residents an extra £16 a year in council tax.

Fareham Borough Council has been investigating introducing extra roadside collections to recycle food waste, as done in Eastleigh.

The scheme would have meant all residents receiving two extra recycling receptacles — one for the kitchen and another wheelie bin.

This has caused complaints in authorities which have already implemented a food recycling scheme.

Councillors spoke of the high cost of bringing in food recycling and of maintaining a specially-adapted fleet of hybrid vehicles.

Fareham West councillor Leslie Keeble said: ‘We have been looking at this for about 18 months now. Each new vehicle costs around £170,000, which is about £40,000 more than the current vehicles.

‘We would have to replace three per year so this means an extra £120,000 without any of the other running costs.’

Chair of the Streetscene panel Cllr Tiffany Harper said: ‘It will increase each home’s council tax by about £16 to £19 per year. That gives us an idea of how much we would either need to raise council tax by or we would need to find from other areas.’

Eastleigh Borough Council recycles around 2,000 tonnes of waste food per year which is turned into energy in Dorset.

Fareham’s waste goes to Portsmouth to be incinerated, whereas other authorities send their waste to landfill incurring costly landfill taxes.

Over the past three years, Fareham has only received one request for food recycling and this was used as proof there was a low demand for the service.

Earlier this year, Fareham took over textile recycling, replacing charity bins, as a way of making extra cash.

Portchester East David Norris, who first raised the idea of food recycling, said: ‘I thank the officers for this report. I thought it would be an idea to have a commercial operator come in and it turns out there is no commercial operator willing to go into it, but you never know what might happen in the future.’