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Recycling food waste

How you can help by recycling your food waste

Composting or recycling your food waste not only helps the environment but also save tax payers money which can help protect front line services.

In South Gloucestershire around 1,000 tonnes of food waste is thrown away every month with non-recyclable black bin waste. Disposing of food with black bin waste costs a lot more than recycling it. If you recycle your food waste using the food bins it goes to an anaerobic digestion plant which converts it into fertiliser and electricity.

How our food waste is recycled

Watch our video of the food waste recycling process in South Gloucestershire

  • The process starts with you putting all your raw and cooked food into your food bin. See the list of what you can put in your food bin.
  • Put it out on your collection day. We collect food waste every week.
  • Once collected it is then taken to an anaerobic digestion plant in Oxford.
  • When the food arrives, any bags are removed and it is pasteurised.
  • The food is put into large tanks and eaten by microbes (single cell organisms), which produce a fertiliser and methane gas.
  • The gas is turned into electricity which is sent back to the National Grid and the fertiliser is used in farmers’ fields to grow new crops.
  • You use the food grown and electricity generated in your home and so the cycle continues.

It is now easier and cleaner to recycle your food

  1. You can now line your kitchen caddy with a plastic bag, compostable liner or newspaper to keep it clean.
  2. When your kitchen caddy is full, tie up the liner or wrap up the newspaper and put it in your food bin.
  3. Keep your food bin lid locked by pushing the handle fully forwards or upright.
  4. Put your bin out every week on your collection day.

See the full list of what you can put in your food bin.

If you compost your fruit and vegetable peelings please continue to do so, just remember to use the weekly food recycling service for food that you can’t compost instead of the black bin.

Why food waste is an issue in South Gloucestershire

Every year we analyse a random sample of black bins from across the district, to find out how the waste we throw away has changed. The last audit revealed that 23% of the black bin contents is food waste which could have been recycled.

See the how we audit the black bin waste

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