FOOD WASTE: Honiton pensioner speaks out

PUBLISHED: 08:25 16 July 2008 | UPDATED: 22:04 15 June 2010

A GRANDMOTHER fears Honiton is going to waste now that a successful food recycling scheme has been scrapped.

A GRANDMOTHER fears Honiton is going to waste - now that a successful food recycling scheme has been scrapped.Jenny Gordon, of Dove Close, has been campaigning for the Alchemy Project to be reinstated.She says she, and many others, were habitually recycling kitchen waste before the weekly collections, undertaken by Otter Rotters, ceased at the beginning of the year.Lack of funding has been blamed for the withdrawal of the service, but Mrs Gordon believes East Devon District Council should have taken the opportunity to develop the scheme further."I feel it was a lost opportunity and does not show the waste management system of East Devon District Council in a good light," she said. "It lacks a forward-thinking approach, as they knew this was going to happen a while before."A little more joined up thinking was needed. Where have all these bins gone?"Mrs Gordon had hoped the project would eventually be taken on by a local authority and is disappointed that, while recycling services are being extended in some parts of East Devon, Honiton has yet to be included."The initial layout and expense of buying a specialist composting machine was a good investment and now what return have we got locally?" asked Mrs Gordon."Here's Gordon Brown saying don't waste food and food that cannot be used was not going to waste in Honiton - but is going into landfill now. So, more waste is being collected by the local authority than before.

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