Education pilot doubles amount of food waste collected in Ireland

Households in the Irish town of Sligo have more than doubled the amount of organic waste collected for recycling following a year-long consumer awareness programme, according to a new report released last Friday (1 February).

The aim of the pilot, designed by bio-plastics company Novamont, was to see how the implementation of an education programme could improve the amount and quality of food waste in the brown bin. The programme involved waste advisors going door to door, providing kitchen caddies and Novamont’s Mater-Bi compostable liners to householders.

The trial produced encouraging results, with the overall capture of organic waste from participating households increasing by 59 per cent, while the level of contamination in brown bins fell from 18 per cent to 2.5 per cent. The average level of organic waste found in residual bins fell from 39 per cent to 29 per cent.

The scheme has now been recommended to be replicated across Ireland.