South Ribble households to get the one thing it is hoped will encourage them to separate their food waste

South Ribble residents will be provided with kitchen and kerbside ‘caddies’ to store their food waste when household collections begin in two years’ time.
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The borough council has set about sourcing the facilities that households will need - including one key component designed to encourage people to separate their leftover food from other rubbish.

Liners will be distributed for the smaller caddy to be used in kitchens, after evidence from food waste schemes already in operation elsewhere showed residents prefer the repository to be kept clean without having to wash it out themselves. When the liners are full, they can then be deposited directly into the larger food waste bin outside - which would also then remain unsoiled.

Food waste will have to be separated from general rubbish when new collections are introduced (image: Pexels)Food waste will have to be separated from general rubbish when new collections are introduced (image: Pexels)
Food waste will have to be separated from general rubbish when new collections are introduced (image: Pexels)
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South Ribble Borough Council’s cabinet has given the go-ahead to the procurement of the caddies, as well the new bin lorries that will be required to collect food from households on a weekly basis from April 2026, as required under national legislation.

The authority is also set to carry out a public consultation into all its waste collection services, as part of an attempt to improve recycling rates and hit a new government target.of 65 percent recycling by 2035 - South Ribble is currently on 46 percent. Locals will be asked for their thoughts on possible “improvements to collection rounds and frequencies”, a cabinet report said.

Cabinet member for neighbourhoods and waste services Aniela Bylinski Gelder said waste collection was “the most front-facing service that residents receive from the council” - and so the new food collection element needed to be easy to use.

On the broader waste consultation to be carried out, council leader Paul Foster said the collection service already works well, but the authority is “relying on our residents to tell us what’s best”.

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As the Lancashire Post revealed earlier this year, South Ribble has raised concerns about Lancashire County Council’s plan to process all of the county’s food waste at its Farington waste recovery park. County Hall intends to reintroduce an anaerobic digestion process which was previously abandoned in the wake of complaints about odours wafting across the surrounding area.

Cllr Foster told the cabinet meeting at which South Ribble’s food waste measures were approved that the county council’s plan was akin to creating “a landfill site with a roof over it, right in the heart of our community”. He called for "dialogue" with the upper-tier authority - including over the influx of refuse vehicles to what he described as "the single most congested area in South Ribble".

The county council told the Post in January that the Farington site already receives food waste - the only difference will be that, from 2026, it will be collected separately and put through a process that creates energy. The authority said previous issues with smells emanating from the site related to “air management” issues which were rectified when County Hall took control of the facility in 2014.

The meeting at which South Ribble’s food waste collection plans were approved heard that the likely rush on the acquisition of the necessary kit made it necessary to start the purchasing process early.

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The government has said it will provide local authorities with funding to cover the costs of purchasing new bins and bin lorries, as well as for the day-to-day-operation of the service when it begins.

However, cabinet members were told that district waste collection authorities in Lancashire were concerned that the upfront funding for the new kit could fall short of what was needed . The Lancashire Waste Partnership will write to the government "to seek assurances that all reasonable capital costs" will be met.

Finance cabinet member Matthew Tomlinson said he had similar concerns about the adequacy of funding for the running of the new collection rounds once they begi