Why recycle your food waste

Organic (food and garden) waste makes up 38% of the total waste produced by residents. This waste could be recycled and composted to help maintain a clean and green environment.

We provide free food waste recycling collection services for houses.

Why it's important

Recycling food waste is as important as recycling other household rubbish like glass, cans and paper. When organic waste is put in landfill it biodegrades and has serious environmental consequences.

By separating your food waste and not putting it in your normal rubbish sacks, you will reduce the amount going to landfill. It will also help to stop animals tearing open your black sacks.

What happens once food waste is collected?

We bulk the material for transport to Biogen where it is anaerobically digested (this means it is broken down without the presence of oxygen), in a sealed system. The process uses naturally occurring micro-organisms to break down the organic matter into fertiliser whilst also producing biogas. The biogas is converted into electricity and heat using a combined heat and power (CHP) engine. The biofertiliser is used on farm land to grow crops.

The process used is prescribed by law, certified by the Animal Health Agency and regularly monitored by the Environment Agency.

Why not compost all my food waste at home in my composter?

It is difficult to home compost all food waste. Uncooked vegetables are great home composting material, but cooked vegetable material and baked goods can compost slowly and inefficiently and attract vermin.

Updated: 19 August 2014