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On 24 Feb 2017 at 8:24am bin and gone wrote:
What is your experience of the food waste collection service? I used to use it but the bin men refused to take it when the bag split. When I asked them about it they told me to use plastic bags. It seems that they throw all the waste in one bin then throw the lot in the bin lorry all together! Am I mistaken? I want to use the service but am reluctant to if the council aren't keeping up their efforts.. Anyone enlighten me?
On 24 Feb 2017 at 8:33am Peasant wrote:
Compost bin and bird table = no need for food waste bin.
On 24 Feb 2017 at 9:06am JillG wrote:
Hello Bin and Gone - there's a separate section of the bin-lorry into which they put the food waste. They do use it, though I agree that they might not always. Sorry about your split bag episode, though
On 24 Feb 2017 at 9:34am Billy wrote:
Food waste - seriously? How do people generate food waste, or is that typical of our throwaway society? The only food waste I generate is potato / vegetable peelings, eggshells, tea bags and coffee grounds and all that goes on the compost heap.
On 24 Feb 2017 at 10:11am Council funds... wrote:
If you've any space for it at all and either possess a garden yourself or have a neighbour who might benefit—the council will partially reimburse you for the purchase of a composting bin.
On 24 Feb 2017 at 10:17am The Greek wrote:
Billy, I think they mean things like peelings, skins, stones, bones and egg shells... I live in a shared house and we fill up a caddy of those things easily in a week.

But yes, home composting is a good idea but not everyone has the space.
On 24 Feb 2017 at 11:05am Billy wrote:
OK, The Greek, thanks, I can understand that.
On 24 Feb 2017 at 11:07am bin and gone wrote:
Yes, that's what I meant as food waste too.
Thanks for your response Jill, what I was concerned about was that the bin man runs round our way (malling) with a wheelie bin and throws both food waste and black bags into the same bin. I may be wrong but I've never seen them sorting it out at the back of the lorry! My impression is that speed is the essence, hence the running!
On 24 Feb 2017 at 12:39pm JillG wrote:
Yes, they do the same along here, with a wheelie thing, but I have seen them virtuously put the different bags in different part of the truck - though I might of course just have seen them on a good day!
The food-waste system is less useful for vegans/ vegetarians than for others. Veg waste goes into my compost, but bones, eggshells (which ought to degrade in my compost but don't), fat etc in food waste. The big plus for me is that foxes/ seagulls no longer shred my waste bin-liner and have a party with the contents.
BTW, see the link below on the recycling activities of various local councils.

Check it out here »
On 24 Feb 2017 at 12:56pm Meic wrote:
You cannot put cooked waste onto a compost heap, as that will guarantee you'll be infested with rats.
We got a Hotbin composter last June, and have not needed to put a single food recycling caddy out for collect since.
On 24 Feb 2017 at 4:59pm Bin bag wrote:
I've seen bin men throw all bags into the back of their lorry. My son says they do the same on Landport. I've emailed the council but they tell me I am mistaken...but I know what I've seen!
On 24 Feb 2017 at 5:11pm bin and gone wrote:
Yes bin bag, that seems to be what's happening here. It's a shame as I would like to use the service but I'm not forking out for the caddy bags if it's getting chucked in with the black bags!
On 24 Feb 2017 at 6:17pm My old man wrote:
Having had a problem with rats in my garden (and then also behind my kitchen cupboards) I'm afraid that I've given up on both the compost bin and the food recycling. I might try again when the noises of rats scratching have faded from my memory.
On 25 Feb 2017 at 3:14pm Peasant wrote:
Yes, you can get young rats (actually only 1 rat per bin, usually) and mice in compost bins. I stand mine on a plastic stand but they then just gnaw their way in. On one occasion a weasel followed the rat through the hole, and I was presented with a neatly dissected rat skeleton. Luckily my bins are a good way from the house. But then you are never more than a few yards from a rat .......
On 27 Feb 2017 at 8:13pm And thats a fact wrote:
Dont eat at the one star rated Charcoal Grill in the High Street, that will cut down on manky food thrown in the gutter and thats a fact

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