We are collecting food waste every week from about 5,500 households in a pilot area.
The pilot area includes parts of Humberston, Sydney Sussex, Yarborough, Immingham and Park ward.
Food waste makes up a third of the average household waste bin and could be recycled.
Wasting food costs the average family almost £60 a month.
The pilot will help us determine the impact food waste recycling collections have on household waste, and identify the viability of rolling out the service across the rest of the borough.
Recycling your food waste
We give households in the food waste pilot a small caddy for their kitchen, liners to put in the caddy and an outside food recycling bin with a lockable lid.
Getting started is easy. Line your caddy with one of the liners and empty your food waste into the caddy instead of your normal bin.
When you need to empty the caddy, tie up the top of the liner and put it in your outdoor food recycling bin.
Remember to empty your caddy before it gets too full.
Put your food recycling bin out for collection by 7am on your usual bin day. Check your bin day here.
Food waste is collected every week and recycled at anaerobic digestion plant. Caddy liners are split and the contents processed to generate energy and make fertiliser to grow crops. The empty liners are sent to the Energy from Waste plant for disposal.
When you are running out of caddy liners, please tie one to the handle of your food waste bin when you put it out for collection.
The collection crew will know to leave you a new roll. If you forget and run out, any normal plastic bag will do as a temporary measure.
What people say about food waste collections
We surveyed households in the pilot and received 1,059 responses. Eighty-nine per cent said they recycled food waste every week and 79 per cent said that recycling was important to them.
Find out more about what people said at www.nelincs.gov.uk/your-council/consultations-and-surveys/past-consultations/
What happens to food waste
waste enters a sealed building where it is processed into a liquid porridge, and then pumped into the anaerobic digestion plant. It is here that bacteria feed on the food waste and produce biogas. Biogas is captured and used as a fuel in combined heat and power engines or sent through a gas filter and sent directly to the gas grid.
destroyed and is stored in large lagoons ready to be applied twice a year on farmland. The use of this high nutrient biofertiliser replaces the use of fossil-fuel derived fertilisers and ensures a complete loop of carbon and energy capture.
Find out more at Anaerobic Digestion | BioteCH4
Weekly Food Waste Pilot Frequently Asked Questions
Last updated 14 April 2021.