food waste into energy and compost
Food waste that is thrown away doesn't break down harmlessly like you might think. If food waste ends up in landfill, it rots and releases methane, a greenhouse gas which is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide - this is bad news for the environment.

When we recycle our food waste, we can avoid needlessly pumping tonnes of methane and carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, and create something useful instead. Food waste is never actually waste as it can be sent to special processing plants to be transformed into electricity, or turned into compost for farmers to use as fertiliser. To find out more about how these processes work, watch these films about Anaerobic Digestion:

and In-vessel Composting:

The following facts might surprise you

  • For every SIX tea bags we recycle, enough energy can be produced to make another cup of tea

  • Recycling 35 tea bags would create enough energy to power a TV for an hour 
  • Recycling just ONE banana peel, could generate enough energy to fully charge a smartphone twice
  • The peelings from just SIX potatoes could be turned into enough compost to grow a brand new potato

The best thing to do with our food is enjoy it, but some waste is inevitable. Think:

  • Coffee grounds

  • Egg shells

  • Fish and meat bones
  • Mouldy and gone off food
  • Fruit and veg peelings

To help you, here are some top tips for recycling food waste:

  • You can use any container as a food waste caddy in your kitchen, so long as you place your food waste into the right council-provided container outside your home

  • Line the bottom of your caddy with some newspaper or kitchen roll to help keep it clean and dry
  • Empty your caddy regularly to keep smells at a minimum!
  • Have you considered using some lemon or essential oils to keep your caddy smelling fresh?

The following Londond boroughs offer a weekly food waste collection or mixed garden and food collection, to parts of the borough. Click on the links to find out more:

Barnet

Brent

Bexley

Bromley

Camden

City of London

Croydon

Ealing

Enfield

Greenwich

Hackney

Haringey

Harrow

Hillingdon

Hounslow 

Islington

Kingston

Lambeth

Lewisham

Merton

Richmond

Southwark

Sutton

Tower Hamlets

Waltham Forest