Caerphilly reports an 11% increase in recycling rates thanks to free caddy liners

The trial started in December 2023, with the first supply of liners delivered directly to residents for a period of six months.

The following six months’ supply can be collected from local libraries, leisure centres, Bedwash Council Chambers, Penallta House and the Penallta Reuse Shop.

The council has recorded a year-on-year increase in food waste recycling for three consecutive months, with a total increase of 11% or 115.55 tonnes – reportedly about the weight of a blue whale.

The number of free food waste caddies requested by residents has also increased, with requests for indoor caddies increasing from 383 to 1,201 year-on-year from January to March. Requests for outside caddies are said to have increased from 4,325 to 5,107 for the same period.

Part of the plan

The council said the trial is part of the seven-year roadmap to ensure Caerphilly “meets and exceeds” the Welsh Government’s statutory recycling targets.

Councilor Chris Morgan, Cabinet Member for Waste, Leisure and Green Spaces, said: “We are delighted to see such promising figures, just three months into our free caddyliner trial.

“Here in County Caerphilly we have great participation rates for mixed recycling (brown bins), but our lack of participation in food recycling is negatively impacting our overall recycling rate.

“Food waste currently makes up around 31% of our green general waste bins in the borough. If we could put all this waste from our general waste into a food waste bin it would have a huge effect on our recycling rates and on the environment. ”