Bring food waste here

COMPANIES in Yorkshire and Lancashire are being invited to bring their food waste to two recycling sites, one of them in Todmorden.

TEG Environmental, which has composting sites at Preston and Todmorden, issued a statement this week inviting businesses to take what it says is the "green option" of recycling food waste by using the company's new collection service.

But the move is sure to be controversial.

When planning permission was first sought to develop a composting plant at the site, by Harlequin Composting, who later sold the site to TEG, market leaders in the technology, residents feared that waste from a wider area than the immediate locality would end up at the site.

The plant is capable of handling up to 50,000 tonnes of waste each year and last summer residents said they believed the pilot food waste scheme whereby food waste from Calderdale Council's Todmorden and Park wards is processed by TEG would be "the thin end of the wedge".

TEG's statement said they were launching a commercial food waste collection service which would be cost effective to companies and be "an environmentally responsible alternative to traditional disposal routes."

It will provide participants with a separate wheelie bin to be exclusively used for food waste which it would collect on a designated day and transport to its sites for processing.

The new service would cover Preston, Blackburn, Burnley, Todmorden, Hebden Bridge, Luddenden Foot, Sowerby Bridge, Halifax and Bradford but businesses within a ten-mile radius of any of these towns could be eligible to join the scheme, said a spokesman.

The businesses could include restaurants, take-aways and food retailers.