East Riding of Yorkshire Council is to carry out a campaign in the Bridlington area to encourage residents to put food waste in their brown wheelie bins for recycling instead of in their green bins.
Waste and recycling teams will be placing tags on the green household waste bins of around 5,000 properties in the town as a polite reminder to residents not to put food waste inside – and instead place it in their brown recycling bin.
The trial will be carried out for one week starting on Monday 25 January.
Councillor Symon Fraser, the council’s portfolio holder for asset management, housing and environment, said: “The majority of residents who will see these tags on their bins will be making every effort to recycle, but this is just a gentle reminder to encourage people to use their brown bins to recycle their food waste.
“In the East Riding almost a third of all waste put in people’s green bins is still food waste, and as a council we are always striving to cut the amount of waste that isn’t recycled or composted.”
The council is also encouraging residents to put their brown bins out for collection every fortnight no matter how much food or garden waste is inside.
Cllr Fraser said: “Even if there are just one or two bags of peelings inside, we want people to use the brown bins and put them out for our refuse teams to collect.
“Every bit of waste recycled can help to reduce the amount of council tax spent on waste, it really is a case of every little helps.”
All the food and garden waste collected from residents’ brown bins in the East Riding is recycled into compost.
The tags used in the Bridlington trial will also direct people to where they can get free kitchen caddies, free caddy liners, replacement brown bins and advice and information on food waste.
Brown bins should be used for food and garden waste, including cooked and uncooked food, fruit and vegetable peelings, plate scrapings, bones and carcases, meat and egg shells, as well as grass cuttings, hedge trimmings, small branches, leaves, flowers and weeds.
Put your food waste into the free kitchen caddy liners provided, or wrap it in newspaper or kitchen roll, before placing it into the brown bin.
Free caddy liners are available from any of the council’s customer service centres, libraries, leisure centres and household waste recycling sites.