Why recycle your food waste?
When you put your food waste in your rubbish bin it often ends up in landfill, where it rots and releases methane – a harmful greenhouse gas.
Most uneaten food can be recycled in your food waste caddy and can be turned in to energy to power items around your home.
1 food waste caddy can create enough energy to power a lamp for 24 hours
Local food waste collections
Most councils offer a weekly food waste recycling collection service.
How is IT recycled?
Your food waste is taken to a special processing plant or an Anaerobic digestion plant where it is used to generate electricity to power homes and the local community. It also produces a fertiliser which can be used in farming.
Food for thought
Remember there is no amount too small. The best thing we can do with our food is enjoy it, but some waste like peelings, banana skins, tea bags, egg shells and plate scrapings are inevitable.
5 Quick Power facts
- Banana Power! Recycling 8 banana peels creates enough energy to boil a kettle for your morning cuppa.
- 6 recycled tea bags produce enough electricity to boil the kettle, ready for a cuppa.
- 22 recycled tea bags, could generate enough electricity to power a vacuum cleaner for 10 minutes! Tea bags and coffee granules can be recycled in your food waste.
- Just 5 recycled banana peels could generate enough energy to play Tom Jones’ Greatest Hits on your home stereo.
- 52 recycled apple cores can power a TV for 1 hour – that’s this weekend’s must see TV sorted!