What are peoples’ objections to using food waste service?
IN the context of the current financial climate, it’s understandable that Harborough District Council intends to scrap the collection of separate food waste, since only 15 per cent of households have used the service.
What is incomprehensible is that 85 per cent of them didn’t, so I’d be genuinely interested to know why?
Since the ecological reasons for us all to play our part are so clear, urgent and compelling, such a massive public rejection makes one wonder if there’s more to this than apathy.
I’m clearly in a tiny minority in having thought it brilliant as it significantly reduced the volume of our black bin waste, an effect which, if replicated across the district, would have significantly reduced the amount of refuse going to landfill.
Since councils have to pay such enormous fees for using landfill sites and this has implications for future council tax bills and services.
Britain is the world leader in the throwing-away of uneaten food, with 30 to 40 per cent of that purchased being junked.
The water taken to grow it represents six per cent of the UK’s water usage.
As it lies in landfill rotting away, more methane is produced with the inevitable effects on global warming.
We clearly need to know what it would take to encourage the 50,000 people in the wider Harborough area to use such a system in the future, so it is vital to know what people’s objections are.
My 102-year-old mother lives in an area where a similar scheme is enthusiastically endorsed by the public.
When I told her about this problem, her response was: “If I can use it at my age, why can’t they?” I have to say that I agree with her.
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