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Cold snap sparks Cotswold District Council warning over food containers

Cotswold District Council is warning householders that it may not be possible to collect some of their food waste if it becomes frozen solid to the inside of their food waste containers after a severe frost.
The separate weekly collection of cooked and uncooked food waste for composting is a key element of the Council’s waste and recycling collection service, which was redesigned earlier this year.

The waste inside the food waste containers can freeze solid if the containers are left out overnight in freezing cold weather.  Waste Manager Scott Williams said: “In a small number of cases, this may mean that the food waste cannot be collected because it will remain frozen to the inside of the container when the binmen try to empty it.

“On frosty nights, we would therefore advise residents to keep their containers indoors if possible and then put them out for collection in the morning by 7am. This will ensure that the contents of the containers will be collected.”

A small number of food waste containers have also been reported as damaged during the freezing weather.

The Council is expecting delivery of some more containers next week and anyone needing a replacement will be able to pick one up from the Council offices in Trinity Road, Cirencester, or the Moreton Area Centre in High Street, Moreton-in-Marsh.

Alternatively, food waste containers can be ordered online at www.cotswold.gov.uk or by contacting the Council on 01285 623123.

Source: Cotswold District Council

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