Ribble Valley residents are to receive new green wheelie bins for the collection of uncooked food and garden waste.
Letters outlining the new service will be delivered to homes before the scheme is implemented by the end of the summer.
Gardened properties will receive large 240-litre green wheeled bins in exchange for their standard 140-litre green bins, which will be redistributed to non-gardened properties that currently only have burgundy and blue bins.
People can use the new bins for fruit and vegetable peelings, seeds and apple cores, tea bags, coffee grounds and filter papers, paper towels or tissues (not if they have touched meat) and egg shells.
Cooked food, fish, meat and dairy products, or paper towels and tissues that have touched meat, cannot be recycled.
UK households throw about 7.2 million tonnes of food away each year.
Robert Thompson, chairman of Ribble Valley Council’s community services committee, said: “Ribble Valley households have made great strides in recycling in recent years, but more can be done.
“By signing up to the council’s collections of uncooked waste, households can help boost the borough’s recycling rates even further, which will preserve our valley for generations to come.”
The introduction of uncooked food waste collections in Ribble Valley was made possible by a £750,000 Government windfall.
The council was one of 85 local authorities across the UK to receive a slice of £250million for improvements to recycling.
Ribble Valley households already recycle 43 per cent of domestic waste and will be able to boost their rates further thanks to the new scheme.
Anyone not wanting to take part is asked to opt out by returning the tear-off coupon at the bottom of their recycling and refuse collection calendars, filling in the e-form at www.ribblevalley.gov.uk, or contacting Ribble Valley Council on 01200 425111.