Re-introduction of food waste collection service in Salford flats
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January 2018 to April 2018
574 City West Housing Trust Flats
The campaign aimed to support the re-introduction of Salford City council’s food waste recycling to pre-selected social housing flats managed by City West Housing Trust.
Bin audits were carried to establish what facilities were available to residents.
Information leaflets and hessian bags were delivered to residents to encourage them to recycle.
Locks were placed on recycling bins, leaving only a small aperture.
Bins were monitored and flats recorded as green (no or low contamination, good maintenance, no fly-tipping or side waste), amber (medium contamination, area well maintained) and red (high contamination and poor maintenance). Only amber and green blocks were included in the campaign.
Leaflets were delivered to 324 participating flats.
273 properties were door-knocked, 64 kitchen food caddies and leaflets were hand delivered, 20 were delivered to Irlam Princess Parkway Garden Centre, and 30 were left at Eccles Gateway Centre. Leaflets with a tear off voucher were posted through doors with no answer.
Over 60% of the bins were collected for recycling
There was a 20% increase in food waste collected
Delivering kitchen food caddies was difficult due to not being able to leave them outside flats and a lack of caretaker on site
Only 3 kitchen caddies were collected from Eccles Gateway Centre
A 6 week bin monitoring period is too short to asses whether behaviour has been embedded. Further monitoring is planned in July and November 2018