In July on this site a Gloucestershire reader recommended the local food waste collection which began in 2016. A Stroud newspaper recorded in 2016 that two weeks into the scheme 232 tonnes of food waste from 52,000 residents had already been collected.

Birmingham Friends of the Earth have been campaigning on recycling issues for many years.

They urge readers to join them writing to their councillors in support of the motion for a food waste collection to be included in the waste strategy and a pilot scheme organised. This will be debated at the council meeting on Tuesday 9th January

Councillors Roger Harmer and Morriam Jan: Notice of Motion:

“This Council notes that:

1) UK households were estimated to throw away 7 million tonnes of food each year in 2012

2) The total cost of the food wasted in the UK is equivalent to 6 meals per household per week or £470 per year

3) Food wasted in the UK has a major environmental impact. It takes 19,000km2 of land to grow and produces Green House Gas emissions equivalent to 17million tonnes of CO2, equivalent to those produced by 1 in 4 UK cars

4) A two week survey in 2016 showed that food waste makes up 48% of the total waste collected in Birmingham

5) Collecting food waste has been shown to reduce the amount of food wasted, bringing environmental and cost benefits

6) A Parliamentary report into food waste in 2017 recommended that: “Local authorities must look at the opportunities to introduce separate food waste collections when new waste contracts are put in place.

Council therefore regrets that the Waste Strategy 2017-40, agreed by Cabinet in October 2017, rules out Council-led food waste recycling.

Council further resolves that the Waste Strategy 2017-40 be amended, so that it does not explicitly exclude Council-led food waste recycling initiatives, and instead prioritises the development of options for a Council-led food waste collection trial.”

As John Newson, lead waste campaigner, Birmingham Friends of the Earth notes: “During the recent bin strike, we could see that much of what is in bin bags is food waste. This contaminates the other items that might be recycled if they were clean and dry. A pilot of separate food waste should be run in Birmingham, learning from what is done in Wolverhampton and Sandwell”.