14 Nov 2017

Food waste for thought

The council, in partnership with Amey, is urging residents to make the most of their food recycling collection service.

According to Recycle Now, UK householders throw away 7.3 million tonnes of food – each year. This is the equivalent of 20 billion frozen pizzas or the equivalent of one pizza per day per person in the UK.

The food we do not recycle is sent to landfill, where it cannot break down harmlessly because as it rots it releases methane – a harmful greenhouse gas that is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide. 

Some food waste – like banana skins, tea bags and plate scrapings – are inevitable. The good news is that we don’t have to put this food waste into the rubbish bin. And the icing on the cake is that we can actually get something back from recycling our food waste.

“Many people don’t realise the difference they can make by recycling their food waste. We want to help people see that even small efforts can make a big difference when it comes to food waste recycling, and that the benefits are closer to home than you might think," said Councillor Michael Murwill, Cabinet member for waste management. 

“Although we currently collect circa 6000 tonnes of food waste that go to anaerobic digestion, not all residents choose to take part. Based on Recycle Now's figures, it costs an estimated £840,00 each year to landfill the food waste that isn't collected from the kerbside. But by recycling it we could generate enough electricity to power a typical local school for 368 weeks.”


Top tips to deal with food waste

Here are some easy wins when it comes to using your food waste collection bin at home, remember to recycle the following:

1. Tea bags and coffee grounds.
2. Plate scrapings (leftovers).
3. Meat and fish (raw and cooked including bones).
4. All fruit and vegetables (raw and cooked including peelings).
5. Dairy products like eggs and yoghurt (no milk).

To find out more about putting the right thing in the right bin, visit: www.iwight.com/AZRecyclingandWaste   

Plus for a whole host of tips and advice on recycling visit: www.RecycleNow.comm

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  • According to Recycle Now, UK householders throw away 7.3 million tonnes of food each year.
 
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