Barnet Council will scrap separate food waste collection after it found only 25% of homes were taking advantage of the service. In a statement, the council have said the changes are aimed at ‘ensuring services are run in the most efficient, effective and economical way possible.’ Currently, the separately collected food waste is taken to an anaerobic digestion facility for energy generation but now residents will be asked to dispose of their food waste in their black waste bin. This waste will then be taken to an Energy from Waste facility, where it will be used as fuel for electricity generation. The additional collection cost of the separate weekly food waste service is £300,000 per year, for around 5,000 tonnes of food waste, equating to £60 for every tonne collected. Chairman of their environment committee, Cllr Dean Cohen, said: ‘We know that refuse and recycling collections are of huge importance to … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

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