Portsmouth City Council has released plans for roads to be included in the next phases, which will double the size of the trial.

Plans call for nearly 2,700 homes to be added to phases one and two of the program, which already serve 24,000 households. In addition, stages three and four of the process, approved in February 2021 under the council’s capital program for the 2021-22 period, will each have more than 10,000 additional homes participating.

The rounds are being rolled out gradually to ensure that food container deliveries are made on time and residents can be assisted. The third phase will start in September 2021 and once it is firmly established, the fourth phase will be introduced. When completed, up to two-thirds of Portsmouth’s households would be locked in.

Cllr Dave Ashmore, Cabinet Member for the Environment and Climate Change Council, said: “We are still able to step up Portsmouth’s recycling efforts. Doubling the number of households involved in the food waste trial will make a big difference.

“Recycling is a huge problem locally and nationally. Thanks to the community’s collective efforts and the introduction of trash cans, the recycling rate in Portsmouth has increased from 25.5% in 2018/19 to 26.7%.”

“Food waste is a huge part of people’s weekly garbage collection and the uptake of the trial so far has been fantastic. We will continue to work hard to roll out the program across the city by 2022 and hope to see the city’s recycling rate.” Slide the 30% mark through.

“We are committed to making our city greener and we recently ran the Food Waste Action Week campaign to raise awareness of the effects of food waste.”

A staggering 1,557 tons of food waste has been collected since the start of the experiment, with an average of 18% of the waste in the trial areas being recycled.

During the experiment, people in selected areas put food waste in kitchen trolleys. The rubbish is collected weekly with your garbage collector. Instead of being burned to produce energy, the waste is recycled and converted into energy, fuel and fertilizer. The program was well received with 42% to 61% of households in the trial areas participating each week.

Follow this link for a list of the streets that will be added to the first and second stages of the food waste trial

Follow this link for the full list of streets in stages three and four of the food waste trial

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