Burnt your BBQ? Feed your food waste caddy and save 250,000

05 August 2014

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With the great British BBQ season upon us, Woking residents are being encouraged to feed their food waste caddy and not their refuse bin by recycling all their unwanted food using the weekly kerbside food waste collection service.

Last year, Woking Borough Council collected nearly 36,500 tonnes of household waste, of which over 7,000 tonnes was unwanted and uneaten food. Unfortunately, less than 3,000 tonnes of unwanted kitchen scraps and uneaten food was recycled using the weekly food waste collection service.

The remaining 4,000 tonnes of waste was put into the black refuse bin. If all of Woking's food waste had been recycled residents would have saved 250,000 in disposal costs.

By being an Everyday Recycling Hero and using your weekly food waste collection service, you are not just saving money, you are also saving our planet too! When biodegradable waste is buried in landfill it breaks down without light or oxygen. This process creates methane gas, a greenhouse gas 21 times more harmful to the atmosphere than carbon dioxide and a leading contributor to climate change.

On top of that, recycled food waste is turned into biogas and heat to create sustainable energy. If we recycled all the food that was put into the black refuse bin last year, we could have produced enough energy to power the whole of Byfleet for an entire month!

Cllr Beryl Hunwicks, Woking Borough Council's Portfolio Holder for Environmental Services, said: "Last year Woking residents threw over 4,000 tonnes of food waste into their black bin. Any resident can be an Everyday Recycling Hero for Woking by making sure they put their unwanted food into their food waste caddy.

"Using your food waste caddy is easy. Simply place your food waste straight into the silver caddy. We recommend you line your caddy with a compostable liner, although newspaper is just as effective, to help keep your caddy clean. When necessary, secure the lining or wrap the newspaper into a parcel and place in your green kerbside bin in time for your weekly collection.

"I also urge residents to look at how they could reduce the levels of food waste they do throw out. By planning meals, using up leftovers and storing food correctly the average household can save up to 50 per month."

Woking residents can recycle all their cooked and uncooked food waste with the service, such as: bread and pastries; dairy (not including milk); fish; fruit and vegetable peelings; meat and bones as well as tea and coffee grounds.

If you are producing a lot of food waste and have done everything you can to reduce it, the Council can provide additional food waste caddies free of charge.

If you don't have a food waste caddy at your home, please contact Woking Borough Council on 01483 755855 or by emailing waste@woking.gov.uk