Food Recycling Tips
One-third of the food we produce around the world is wasted from farm to fork. In the UK alone we waste 15 million tonnes of food annually – with nearly half that coming from our homes. That’s the equivalent of throwing away 1 in every 5 of our grocery-filled shopping bags before even leaving the store! While these numbers may not seem encouraging, the good news is that, here in west London it’s simple and easy to recycle your food waste.
A proportion of the food waste collected from our west London boroughs is used to make a lovely rich compost so it can be used in home gardens, allotments or farms. This year, residents in Ealing and Richmond Upon Thames both benefited from our annual giveaway where they came and collected free compost that was made using their collected food waste.
Additionally, food waste collected by our boroughs is converted into energy to power our homes and businesses. By recycling your food waste, this ensures it stays out of the landfill where it can releases harmful greenhouse gases like methane and is instead recycled so we can get more benefit out of it.
Check the links below to learn more about food waste recycling in your borough or to see how you can start recycling your food waste.
While recycling food waste is straight-forward, there isn’t a one-size-fits all approach. So whether you live a in a flat or house, or have a big or small kitchen, you can find a way of recycling your food waste that you can fit into your daily routine.
To start things off, get yourself a small food waste caddy or collection container to keep in your kitchen. Having a caddy ready at hand makes it easy to dispose of food peelings while cooking or preparing food and for disposing of your scraps after eating. In many cases these are provided by your local council, however you may wish to use your own in order to fit the style and look of your kitchen.
Lining your caddy with caddy liners makes it easy to keep your caddy clean as well as for transporting your waste to your outdoor food waste bin. You can also line your caddy with newspaper if you don’t have liners available. Almost all types of food waste from fruit and vegetable peelings to tea bags and coffee grounds can go into your food waste bin, but be sure to check with your individual council to be certain.
Don’t forget to leave plenty of room to tie the liner up before taking it out to the bin. To ward off any unwanted drips or drops you can bring your caddy along with you when disposing of your food waste. Many caddies can go straight into the dishwasher after use, making clean up quick and easy!
There are lots of food waste recycling tips out there. For some inspiration check out this short video from Recyclenow. There are also loads more vidoes on their website. If you’re interested in viewing more click here.