03/11/2017 Update regarding collection of food waste in Welwyn Hatfield

Following feedback from residents since the introduction of charging for garden waste in April 2017, we have reviewed the position in relation to what residents can put in the garden waste bin, and want to do all we can to help them in their aim of keeping food waste diverted from landfill.

The position in relation to food waste is as follows.

Residents who subscribe to the garden waste collection system pay an advance charge for garden waste to be taken away. This is done by the collection of such waste in the brown bins.

The Council will continue to remove household waste for free, including food waste, whether you have a brown bin or not. No charge is payable for that. Food waste can be placed with any other household waste in the black bin and is removed free of charge.

However, residents who have paid for the removal of garden waste in a brown bin, will be pleased to note that if they put compostable food waste in it together with their garden waste, the council will still empty the bin and take all the contents away for composting (so long as it does not contain anything other than compostable garden and food waste).

Obviously, putting food waste in the brown bin will reduce the amount of garden waste that can be put in there for removal, for which you have paid, but the bin will still be taken away.  

Cllr John Dean, the Leader of the Council, said: "Since introducing the garden waste subscriptions we have seen nearly 23,000 people sign up to the service. I am sure they will be keen to know they can also put food waste in the brown bin, which is sent for composting."

To check what can go in your bins, visit www.welhat.gov.uk/collections.

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