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Efficient and greener scheme for food waste


A new food waste contractor will help to continue the county’s efforts to tackle climate change and save money.


A report going to Gloucestershire County Council’s cabinet next Wednesday (21 July) recommends that Ubico is awarded a contract to take Gloucestershire’s food waste to a recycling plant in Bishops Cleeve.

All six district councils in the county provide a weekly kerbside food waste collection service for their residents and it is the county council’s job to recycle this food waste.

In 2020/21, the service collected and treated a total of 24,400 tonnes of food waste, which generates clean, green and eco-friendly energy to power homes. The fertiliser it produces also helps farmers grow bigger and healthier crops.

Currently four of the districts have their food waste taken to the plant by different providers, but under new streamlined plans it would be collected by just one company.

The proposed contract with Ubico, worth £1.6 million, would start in October 2021 and last for eight years offering a potential 20 per cent saving to the taxpayer.

Cllr David Gray, cabinet member for environment and planning, said: “The collection and recycling of household food waste makes a huge contribution to lowering the county’s carbon footprint and will help us to achieve our target of a carbon neutral county. This contract also offers a long term saving to residents. If you’re not using your food waste service then please do and a big thank you to those who are already.”

You can read the full cabinet report here.

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