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Discounted food waste digesters available now

Recycle for Cumbria volunteers with the Green Cone and Green Johanna

Do you regularly have leftover food? Don’t throw it away! Cumbria County Council is offering a huge 80% discount on two types of food digester, available via the Recycle for Cumbria website.

The council has been working hard to reduce food waste by making food waste digesters available in the county at heavily discounted rates since 2014. Since then, 5,114 units have been distributed. All households that have a food waste digester have the means to dispose organic waste produced at home and reduce the amount of waste being sent to waste treatment plants.

Two different digesters are available. ‘Green Johanna’ is a combined digester and composter, and will accept all cooked and un-cooked food waste, mixed with organic garden waste to produce rich compost. This unit usually retails at £108.90 but is available for just £20.00 when ordered via Recycle for Cumbria.

‘Green Cone’ is purely a food waste digester. This unit sits in a sunny position and accepts all cooked and uncooked food waste. Compost is not produced but the waste is broken down in a below-ground chamber and naturally dissipates away into the soil. This unit usually retails at £79.50 but is available for just £15.00 when ordered from Recycle for Cumbria.

Councillor Celia Tibble, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “We’re really keen to help residents get food waste out of their kitchen bins and put waste to good use, so we’re excited to be able to offer these bins at a heavily discounted rate.

“Food waste digesters not only accept food like vegetable peelings and bread, but also meat, fish and bones – which can’t go in a conventional compost bin, so they’re a really great asset, and a fantastic alternative to food waste ending up at a treatment centre.”

Both offers last until mid-April, and can be ordered here: http://www.recycleforcumbria.org/inthegarden/foodwastedigesters.asp

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