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Don't put food waste in dustbin, Town Hall warns

PUBLISHED: 20:03 27 August 2008 | UPDATED: 13:34 05 October 2010

MORE than 26,000 homes in London's East End are being asked by their Town Hall to recycle all their food waste. It's a bid by Tower Hamlets council to boost its green credentials, currently languishing at the bottom of the nation's recycling' league table

MORE than 26,000 homes in London's East End are being asked by their Town Hall to recycle all their food waste.

It's a bid by Tower Hamlets council to boost its green credentials, currently languishing at the bottom of the nation's 'recycling' league table.

Around one-in-fur households, all classified 'low rise' properties, are being asked to take part in a pilot scheme starting September 1, with another 7,000 'high rise' properties also taking part.

Households are being given small five-litre kitchen caddies and 'smell proof,' waterproof bags to put food waste in.

Under the rules, food waste to be placed inside must include raw and cooked fruit and vegetables, bread, bones, plate scrapings and eggshells, raw and cooked fish and meat products.

Residents then transfer those bags into a 23-litre bin (41/2 gallons) with a secure lid that the council says must be kept in the home in the usual bin area.

Collections of food waste to be composted will be once a week, in addition to the normal bin collection day for all other rubbish. The new containers won't cause smells or attract vermin, the council insisted.

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