Merton Council has given the go-ahead to rolling out its kitchen waste service across the borough. From September 10,000 households – or approximately 1/8th of the borough – will be able to take advantage of the new service.
Currently the council collects kitchen waste from about 1,800 properties across Ravensbury ward, and a small number in Cricket Green ward as part of a trial. Following positive feedback from residents benefiting from the collection, the council is to push forward with increasing the provision of this service from July to an extra 200 households initially before it then extends the service to 10,000 in total later in the year.
This extension has been made possible through the increased flexibility of the new waste collection arrangements that the council put in place in February this year.
Ten thousand households’ worth of kitchen waste will add an estimated 700 tonnes towards achieving Merton’s target of a 32% recycling and composting rate for 2009/10.
By introducing the kitchen waste collection services, Merton is also set to make significant savings with the current rate for composting kitchen waste at just under £50 per tonne. This compares favourably with landfill costs of over £75 per tonne.
Merton Council cabinet member for environment and leisure services Councillor David Simpson said: “Our kitchen waste trial so far has been an invaluable experience for us. We have had useful feedback from residents, which will help us provide a high quality service when we roll it out more widely in September and then across the whole borough during 2010-11.
“Composting kitchen waste makes total sense as we’re reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill, making significant savings and creating a useful horticultural product at the same time.”