Why can’t we put fruit and veg in the @southkesteven green garden waste bin?

Not very long ago, one of my constituents had her green bin refused because it had an onion in it and I had to go and investigate why.

After speaking to SKDC, then LCC, then the recycling plant at Langar, I finally got a clear answer from WRAP.

To save your phone bill and all the tedium of doing this yourself, I’ll tell you that, in the eyes of the Food Hygiene industry, anything that has been into a kitchen could theoretically have been in contact with a chopping board or knife infected by rotten meat or E-coli or whatever. As no-one can tell whether a particular apple has visited a kitchen we have to assume they are all dangerous.

It sounds ridiculous but it is the law and, like any organisation, South Kesteven always has to abide by the law.

The best thing to do with uncooked fruit is to put it on your compost heap.

2 thoughts on “Why can’t we put fruit and veg in the @southkesteven green garden waste bin?

  1. what about the apples from my apple tree? They’ve never been in the kitchen, go straight into the bin…I don’t have a compost heap

    • The green bin collectors can’t be sure they’ve not been on your kitchen chopping board so have to assume the worst (I know, it’s stupid isn’t it?) A compost heap doesn’t take much room and is very good for the birds and the soil.

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