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Thursday, 17 April 2014

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Green Cumbria residents to get cheaper food waste digesters

HOUSEHOLDS looking to become even greener in the New Year will be able to get heavily discounted home food waste digesters, thanks to a new initiative by Cumbria County Council.

Residents in Barrow Allerdale and Eden will be able to start ordering the units in February 2014 after the council successfully bid for funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government's Weekly Collection Support Scheme.

The three districts chosen are being targeted specifically in the £606,000 project as they still operate a weekly waste collection. The food digesters will reduce the need to collect and treat up to 1,300 tonnes of waste per year, and will reduce carbon emissions by approximately 4,600 tonnes per year.

Around 6,500 households will have the opportunity to receive a food digester. There are two types of units, one producing a rich compost and the other a minimal residue, which can handle all types of food waste (including cooked or uncooked meat, fish and dairy). They will be available for households to purchase at a discount of 75 per cent - approximately £15 to £20 each.

Following a procurement exercise, the council has appointed Great Green Systems Ltd to carry out order fulfilment and delivery of the units to properties.

Councillor Clare Feeney-Johnson, county council cabinet member for environment, said: "I'm delighted we have secured funding for this exciting initiative, which will offer fantastic savings for households looking to compost all their food waste at home.

"I would encourage residents to take advantage of this scheme, which will have a really positive impact on the environment and also help reduce the council's waste treatment costs."

Full details of how to apply for discounted units will be made available when the scheme is officially launched in the New Year.

For more information on how households can make savings by reducing the amount of food they throw away, visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.com

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