The power's in your peel!

Welwyn Hatfield residents will soon be able to recycle their food waste into energy that will be used to power local communities and fertilise farmland.

Peel power

Over the last few months, over 40,000 green caddies have been delivered to homes across the borough ready for the start of a food waste collection service on 2 November.

Residents should store their food scraps in a  kitchen caddy, then transfer them to the green caddies to be emptied once a week, by the council's waste partner, Urbaser.

Leader of Welwyn Hatfield Council, Councillor Tony Kingsbury said:

We continue to look at ways we can improve our recycling rate and reduce waste in Welwyn Hatfield. Separating out our food waste means that gases can be captured in the recycling process and converted into both green energy and natural fertilisers that can be used for farming. The contents of everyone's caddy will be recycled locally, so this is good news for both the environment and our local communities.

Executive Member, Environment and Planning, Councillor Stephen Boulton said:

We are delighted to introduce a food waste collection service through our partner, Urbaser. I would like to take this opportunity to say a very big thank you to them for helping to make this happen and for their amazing professionalism and commitment in a very difficult year. They became our new waste partner just a week after the country went into lockdown. Since then, facing challenges such as reduced staff numbers due to sickness and self-isolation and over three times the usual amount of waste and recycling, they have continued to empty our bins.

Javier Peiro, Managing Director, Urbaser Ltd commented:

We are delighted to be working with Welwyn Hatfield Council to be able to introduce food waste collections across the borough. Food waste produces greenhouse gases, which when left unharnessed, are damaging to the environment. The food waste will be collected in specially adapted vehicles and once it is recycled, the gases will be used to generate electricity. We encourage local residents to utilise the new service by using the green caddies for all their food waste.

Separate food waste collections will not currently be available to flats. We are looking at ways to improve recycling at flats and may include food waste collection at some locations in the future.

For more information about the new service and to watch the video on the food waste journey from kerbside to renewable energy, see our website.