Borough’s Food Waste Service shortlisted for Awards
Telford & Wrekin Council and Veolia’s successful weekly food waste service has been shortlisted for the MRW Recycling Awards.
The food waste recycling scheme, which was introduced last September, has been shortlisted for Campaign of the Year and Food Waste Initiative of the Year.
An estimated 65% of the borough uses the weekly collection, which goes on to be turned into energy and fertiliser for farmland.
Councillor Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood, Commercial Services and Regeneration, said “We have worked very hard with our partners Veolia, to introduce the weekly food waste collection service and are very proud to be nominated for an award.
"I would like to say thank you all those involved who’ve worked to make this happen.
“Most of all I would like to say thank you to our residents who have embraced the service and made it such a success.
“This service is a major part of our plans to make the borough carbon free by 2020, to protect our local environment and create a better borough.”
Steve Mitchell, Director - West, from Veolia said “We are honoured to have been shortlisted for these two categories. A great deal of planning and hard work went into the introduction of the food recycling service and we have been thrilled with how well the residents of Telford and Wrekin have used it.
“Since September we have collected over 4,000 tonnes of food waste which has created enough energy to boil the kettle 16 million times and created thousands of tonnes of fertiliser to replenish farmland.”
For more information on the weekly food waste service please visit www.telford.gov.uk/recyclefood.
Pictured: Richard Overton, Deputy Leader of Telford and Wrekin Council (left) and Steve Mitchell, Director - West, from Veolia (right). Please note picture was taken before social distancing rules were in place.