Why it's important:
Food waste is a significant contributor to green house gas emissions; there were an estimated 7.3 million tonnes of household food waste produced in the UK in 2015, a figure that has steadily been increasing with time.
Poole, with its 150,600 inhabitants, produces an average of 16,958 tonnes of household food waste a year - this equates to over 37,300 kg of green house gas emissions a year. That's the equivalent of 20 return flights from London to New York.
How it can be implemented:
Both Christchurch and Bournemouth councils offer food waste collection. Given the councils have merged to form the greater BCP Council, extending the existing infrastructure for this service should be straight forward. Additionally, Piddlehinton anaerobic waste processing centre has capacity for additional food waste which it uses to generate bio gas which it feeds back to the grid. Further to this, the plant has experienced a significant decline in waste received due to the closure of bars and restaurants during the lock down so it is currently underperforming.
This is a prime opportunity where there is both means and appetite.
I strongly urge you to make place for this simple yet highly effective step in the upcoming Q3 budget discussions.
This ePetition ran from 24/07/2020 to 09/09/2020 and has now finished.
33 people signed this ePetition.