Why recycle food waste?
Food waste that is sent to landfill doesn’t harmlessly breakdown. It has a big impact on the environment as it rots and releases methane – a harmful greenhouse gas that is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide. However, it’s not all bad news as many of us will be able to recycle our food waste.
Do I have a food waste collection in my area?
Many councils offer a food recycling collection service. The schemes vary, with some councils collecting food waste mixed in with garden waste, while others collect the food waste separately. To find out more about your local food waste collection, check the Recycling Locator.
If you don’t have a collection take a look at some of the below options:
- Why not try composting at home?
- Read our tips on recycling food at home.
- Pop over to Love Food Hate Waste to see how you can reduce your food waste and save money.
What happens to the food I recycle?
Where food and garden waste are mixed together it is often composted at a local facility, this process is called in-vessel composting. This compost is used in agriculture, landscaping and horticulture.
Where food waste is collected separately it is usually treated using a method called anaerobic digestion, which produces electricity to power homes and the local community. It also produces a fertiliser which can be used in farming.