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Published: 30 May 2018

Food waste recycling makes huge saving

Surrey residents saved an extra £200,000 to help protect essential services last year…just by putting more food waste in caddies. Because of the large number of Surrey residents recycling their food waste it also helped Surrey reach joint top of the recycling league table of the 32 two-tier local authorities in England.

This year residents are being urged to help further boost savings by recycling even more of their food waste. If all of Surrey's food waste was recycled, it would save an extra £3 million a year. It's possible to make such a huge difference with such a simple action because it costs less than half as much to recycle food waste as it does to dispose of it.

Mike Goodman, Surrey County Council's Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning, said: "I'd like to thank Surrey's residents for recycling more of their food waste last year. Their action helped make a massive saving and if they all do a little bit more we can make an even bigger one this year."

How to recycle food waste

Residents can put all of their food waste into caddies, which are collected weekly throughout Surrey. Caddies can be lined with any kind of plastic bag and smelly food waste can be put in a tied carrier bag and taken to outside food bins straight away.

For more information on how to recycle food waste, visit the Recycle for Surrey website.

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