04:43AM, Thursday 13 September 2012
New mini-bins for waste food are set to be rolled out to homes across the Royal Borough.
The authority is supplying properties with two new food 'caddies' - a larger one for outside and a smaller one for use in the kitchen.
They are designed to be used for food waste including dairy, meat and bones.
Deliveries of the bins have already begun while an information leaflet is also being distributed to explain how the scheme will work.
Cllr Phill Bicknell, cabinet member for highways, transport and environment, said: "I am really excited by this new initiative and am confident there will be a huge uptake by our environmentally conscious residents."
Food waste transported to a landfill site will now be sent to a new 'digester' plant being built in Oxfordshire.
Once there it will be turned into compost for local farms and has the potential to create enough electricity to power more than 4,000 homes.
As well as the environmental benefits it is also expected to save the council more than £50,000 a year.
From October 8 food waste will be collected throughout the borough on the same day as the rubbish and recycling collections.