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Keeping a lid on recycling

John Freeman
As the food waste recycling scheme continues to be rolled out across the Lancaster and Morecambe district, the majority of households should have received their silver kitchen caddies and those without green garden bins, a green outdoor caddy.

All types of food can be included in the food waste collection – cooked and uncooked – including leftover or out of date food, peelings, egg shells, tea bags and coffee grinds, meat, bones, fruit and vegetables, and much more.

The silver kitchen caddies can be lined with newspaper or compostable bags, bearing the compostable logo, that can be purchased from supermarkets or online.  Unfortunately bags which are not compostable will not be collected.

Once full, the contents of the kitchen caddy  including the newspaper or compostable bag, should be emptied into either the green wheelie bin or the outdoor caddy.  The green wheelie bin should be put out for collection as normal, and residents who have an outdoor caddy should put these out for collection in the same place as their recycling boxes.

The city council is also trialling some new replacement lids for kerbside recycling boxes.  The new lids, called box hats, are waterproof covers which are tied to the recycling box.  The lids are being issued to replace damaged or missing lids and it is hoped that these will reduce the number of lids needing to be replaced each year due to bad weather.

• Further information about what can and can’t be recycled is available from or by calling the city council’s Customer Services on 01524 582491.