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Left-over food project extended

A landfill site
Councils are aiming to meet the 2010 recycling target of 40% of waste

A recycling project which turns left-over food into a compost for farmers is being extended in Powys.

Over the past two years the scheme has recycled more than 980 tonnes of food from homes in Abermule, Montgomery, Newtown, Tregynon and Welshpool.

But it is now being extended to include Llanidloes, Berriew, Caersws, Kerry and Sarn.

Residents will receive a set of special bins as part of the project run by Powys council and Cwm Harry Land Trust.

People will also be given biodegradable bags, while collections will be made weekly.

David Clarke of Cwm Harry Land Trust said: "This is a very easy-to-use system which, if used, helps stop animals scavenging in the residual rubbish and creates a useful by-product from something that was previously wasted."

Landfill

The food waste is mixed with garden clippings at the trust's composting unit in Newtown and turned into a high quality soil improver, which is used on farming land in and around Newtown.

Councillor Ken Harris of Powys council said: "This will help in our ongoing efforts to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill."

Last year, a project generating environmentally-friendly electricity from left-over food was expanded, doubling the amount of homes it serves.

The scheme, which began in Newtown in 2007, takes in the nearby towns of Welshpool and Montgomery and the village of Guilsfield.



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