A family of five from the Vale of Clwyd are joining forces with Denbighshire County Council to encourage more people in the county to recycle their food waste.
Lucy Owens and husband Sion and their children Betrys (7) , Roly (4) and Cled (1) live in Rhewl near Ruthin and have agreed to join the Council’s campaign to encourage more people to recycle their food waste, ahead of changes to the recycling and waste collection service, expected in 2021.
Over the coming months, the Owens family will be sharing their experiences and thoughts about food recycling through Denbighshire’s social media accounts, the Council’s website and through creating a series of videos.
Lucy is a keen supporter of environmental issues and speaks to schools and community groups said: “I have to admit that we haven’t always been fantastic at recycling but over the last six months we have realised that we have to make some changes to our lives in order to protect the future of our children really, so we have really been trying to do our best to reduce what we use and recycle what we do use in the end.
“We use the food waste service every week. It’s a weekly service and I can’t see why we wouldn’t use it. We should all make sure that stuff we put in the blue bins are totally recyclable too.
“So we do mainly use the food waste caddy for cooked waste. the It’s fairly easy, it’s about taking the time to do it- I think it’s going to be a positive thing.
Sion said: “We are trying to put as much in the blue bins as possible and into the orange food caddies. It’s not always easy but when you see programmes on the television showing the impact on the environment and the world, it does make you think and encourages you to do as much as you can.
“We do have a compost bin at home and a lot of our raw fruit and veg waste and tea bags goes to that. If not, it goes into the orange caddy such as onion peelings and cooked waste etc.
"This change has made me think and I hope it makes us think more about what impact this has on all of us. We’ve made more of an effort recently and certainly there’s a lot less going into the black bin. It is possible”.
Tony Ward, Head of Highways and Environmental Services, said: “We are delighted that the Owens family are joining our campaign to promote the recycling food waste in the county. They have a great attitude to recycling and we look forward to working with them over the coming months, to hear their experiences at first hand and to take any feedback they have into consideration”.