I am delighted that Horsham District Council are expanding their hot bin trial to more participants.
It is estimated that around 40% of what residents throw away is food waste. A hot bin can take anything from cooked food waste to peelings and turn it into compost in 30-90 days by heating the waste to 60 degrees. Normal compost bins, whilst absolutely are encouraged, can only take food scraps, such as peelings, eggshells and teabags.
HDC have now expanded their trial to include a broader variety of family units and community groups. More information about Hot Bins and the trial can be found on HDC’s website: https://www.horsham.gov.uk/waste-recycling-and-bins/recycling/recycling-champions
I know many local residents are keen to see food waste as part of our regular bin collections. In February, HDC analysed the results of their food waste collection trial, and I was pleased that during the trial participants recycled some 2,675kg of food waste in just 12 weeks. I am very keen for food waste collection to become part of our regular waste collections and will be asking HDC for an update on their progress in introducing food waste collections.