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Food digesters on offer

Published on 03 February 2016

Food digesters on offer

Households can now dispose of their kitchen waste in a much greener manner.

Carlisle residents are able to get home food waste digesters at a fraction of the normal cost as part of a scheme being run by Carlisle City Council and Cumbria County Council.

Almost 800 households have the opportunity to buy heavily discounted food digesters which are garden-based units similar to compost bins, capable of taking all kinds of food waste, including cooked and uncooked meat, fish and dairy products.

Putting kitchen waste in the food digesters is really good for the environment - it will reduce the need to collect and treat around 170 tonnes of Carlisle’s waste each year, subsequently reducing the amount of CO2 emitted during this process.

Two types of food digester units are available - the Green Johannas and Green Cones.

The Green Johanna is designed to sit in a shady part of the garden and can take all sorts of cooked and uncooked food waste as well as a proportion of garden waste. It produces compost which can be used in the garden. The Green Johanna has a recommended retail price of £108.90 but will available to Carlisle residents at a discounted cost of just £20.

The Green Cone is the right choice for anyone who is less green fingered. It is designed to sit in a sunny position of a well-drained garden. Unlike the Johanna, the cone needs to be dug into the garden. Once again it accepts all cooked and uncooked food waste which is dropped into the underground digestion chamber – nature does the rest reducing the contents to its natural components of water and carbon dioxide. The Green Cone normally costs £79.50 but is available for just £15.

For more information about food waste digesters, visit www.recycleforcumbria.org. Householders can purchase a unit directly from Great Green Systems either by posting an order form, calling freephone on 0800 013 1304 or online at www.greatgreensystems.com/promotions/ggscumbria. Order forms are available from council offices and local libraries.

The project has been made possible thanks to funding from the Waste Infrastructure Capital Grant Scheme.

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