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Reducing waste at home

​​​​​​​​​Saving you money, saving your food

Food waste is a major issue. In the UK we throw away 7 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year, the majority of which could have been eaten. It's costing us £12.5 billion a year and is bad for the environment too. Try out these handy tips and tasty recipes to help you save up to £60 per month by making your food shop go further

Handy tips and tasty recipes to help you save money

Reducing waste

A lot of waste is generated by buying more than we need. Reducing waste is the most sustainable and environmentally beneficial thing you can do. This is because waste that is not created in the first place does not need to be re-used, recycled or disposed of.

See how you can easily reduce your waste including stopping junk mail

Recycling food waste

Find answers to frequently asked questions about recycling food waste. 

Why should I recycle my food waste?

At least 25% of household waste collected across the borough is unused or leftover food. Due to the rising cost of waste disposal, it is 50% more expensive to collect and dispose of food waste in your refuse bin than it is to recycle your food waste in your brown wheeled bin.

Which types of food waste can I recycle using this service?

Fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, dairy products, egg shells, carcasses and bones, plate scrapings, rice, pasta, bread, pastries, tea bags and coffee grounds.

Will collections be postponed during the winter months?

No - collections will continue throughout the year.

How often will the brown bin be collected?

Your brown bin will continue to be emptied every week.

I am bothered about smells from my caddy?

By keeping the caddy lid securely closed smells will not escape. However, the caddy has a vent in the lid which if used will help to dry out the food waste reducing the potential for the food to generate smells. The leaflet supplied with the caddy explains how this vent operates.

I haven't got space for the caddy in my kitchen

Brackets can be purchased from the caddy supplier Coral to enable the caddy to be stored inside a cupboard. Please see the leaflet that is supplied with the caddy for further details.

Do I have to pay for my compostable bags?

No. To help you recycle food waste, we now provide rolls of compostable bags for FREE.

When you need more compostable bags, tie the yellow tag (found at the end of your roll) to your brown bin or brown street caddy. The bin crew will then leave you a new roll. 

Alternatively you can collect a roll from these local libraries across the borough:

Please check the opening hours for your local library. Please only use the compostable bags provided in your caddy unless you don't wish to use any bags; please don't use plastic bags.

My brown bin states ‘No food waste’ on the lid

Please ignore this. The lid information about food waste applies to the old garden waste only collection system.

What about food waste collections for properties without gardens, such as terraced housing and flats?

Unfortunately, it has only been possible to include properties with garden waste bins in the mixed food and garden waste service. However we hope to introduce tailor-made food waste recycling arrangements for terraced properties and flats in the future.

Do I have to use caddy liners?

No. They are an option to help you to keep your caddy clean and to assist the process of transferring food waste to your brown bin.

What happens to the food and garden waste after it's collected?

It's taken to the new In-Vessel Composting (IVC) facility at Chichester Street, Rochdale where it is composted. Mixed food and garden waste must be composted "in vessel". This is an enclosed, intensive method of composting with accurate temperature control and monitoring to ensure that the material is fully sanitised before it is matured and screened for use as soil conditioner in agriculture.

This type of process must be used for both pure food waste and food waste mixed with garden waste.

Find out how you can buy your recycled garden and food waste as a multi-purpose peat free compost

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