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City Council considers new special waste food collections

March 29, 2012 10:12 AM

Cambridge City Council has expressed an interest in claiming part of a £250 million government fund to hold weekly recycling collections of food waste.

The move would increase the city council's enviable recycling record and further improve its rubbish collection service for residents.

Cambridge City Executive Councillor for Environmental and Waste Services, Jean Swanson said: "We are always looking at new ways to improve services for our residents while at the same time recycling and helping to protect the environment. This seemed an opportunity with funding being offered from the government.

"Ideally, we would like to offer the service only to residents living in flats or those homes where it is hard to use a wheelie bin; but we don't know what the conditions of the grant may be.

"At the same time, we recognise other authorities may have greater need and, therefore, we may not be successful."

The grant funding was launched by Communities and Local Government Secretary, Eric Pickles last month. It is provided over three years with a commitment to continue the service for a further two years.