A campaign encouraging residents to reduce and recycle their food waste has been launched by the council.
Waste Less, Recycle More is supporting the Waste and Resources Action Programme’s (WRAP’s) first ever Food Waste Action Week, which begins today (Monday 1 March).
Throughout March the Royal Borough will be raising awareness of the connection between food waste and climate change and encouraging residents to cut down on the amount of food they throw away and to recycle everything that can’t be used (including out of date, leftover or raw food), using the food waste caddies provided.
Seventy percent of all wasted food comes from our homes and food waste is one of the biggest contributors to climate change. With roughly one third of food produced around the world wasted, it’s no wonder that a massive twenty-five to thirty percent of global greenhouse gases come from the food system alone.
Councillor David Coppinger, lead member for Environmental Services, said: “Reducing the amount of food thrown away and using the caddies to dispose of it properly is just one simple way our residents can make a difference.
“All food waste can be disposed of in the caddy and residents can be confident that by doing so, they are playing their part in helping the planet.”
Last year the council collected 2,635 tonnes of food waste, which generated enough electricity to boil more than 12m kettles, or power almost 300 homes for a year.
Food waste collected from residents in the borough is treated at an anaerobic digestion facility near Wallingford, Oxfordshire, to produce renewable energy to power local homes and businesses and nutrient rich digestate fertiliser to replace fossil fuel derived fertilisers on 2,500 acres of farmland.
The campaign supports the council’s approved Environment and Climate Strategy which aims to achieve more sustainable use of resources, increased recycling rates and support less resource-intensive lifestyles.
The council declared a climate emergency in June 2019 and our vision is to be a borough where the community collectively works together to achieve a sustainable future, protecting and enhancing our natural environment and achieving net zero carbon emissions.
To use the food waste recycling service:
• Line your indoor caddy with newspaper, kitchen roll or any plastic bag – plastic bags are pulled out of the system during the processing of your food waste and turned into electricity,
• Food waste can also be loose or wrapped in newspaper,
• When the caddy is full, tie the bag and place the bag in your outdoor food bin,
• Put your food recycling bin out for collection by 7am every week on your normal waste and recycling collection day,
• Keep the outdoor bin locked using the lockable handle.
You can recycle all types of food waste in your food waste caddy, including:
• Food waste (for example all uneaten food and plate scrapings),
• Meat, fish and bones, eggshells,
• Dairy except for milk,
• Tea and coffee grounds (including tea bags),
• Rice, pasta and beans,
• Bread, cakes and pastries,
• Fruit and vegetables.
Please do not put any of these materials in your food caddy:
• Packaging of any kind,
• Liquids such as milk,
• Oil or liquid fat,
• Any material that is not food waste.
To order a food waste caddy (or an additional caddy if you need more than one), which can be delivered or picked up in person, please visit our order a new bin webpage.
For more information on our food waste recycling service visit our food waste webpage.
To find out more about Food Waste Action Week visit the Wrap.org website.
For ideas and inspiration on how to waste less food, visit the Love Food Hate Waste website.