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Recycling your food waste

Some food waste is unavoidable but that doesn't mean it has to go into your general waste bin. Many homes in Camden are eligible for our weekly food waste collection service.

What happens to my food waste?

When you recycle your food waste, it’s sent to special processing plants and is transformed into low-carbon electricity helping to power homes and communities, or turned into compost, which farmers can use as fertiliser. Making it much better for the environment.

Food waste recycling - what goes in my caddy video 

 

What can I put in my food waste caddy?

Lots of things can go in your food waste caddy. If you don’t have a food waste caddy order yours now online or call 020 3567 8105.

Feed your caddy…

  • Fruit and vegetable peelings
  • Tea bags and coffee grounds
  • Stale bread and pastries
  • Meat and fish bones (raw and cooked)
  • Dairy products
  • Eggs and eggshells
  • Plate scrapings and leftovers

 Don’t feed your caddy…

  • Packaging
  • Liquids
  • Garden waste
  • Oil
  • Any materials other than food waste

Household food waste collections 

Use your small green kitchen caddy to collect all of your cooked and uncooked food waste then put it in your brown lockable outdoor caddy for collection by 7.00 a.m.

You can line your caddies or put food waste straight in. If you do line your caddy please either use compostable liners (order for free now) or – thanks to new technology – plastic bags that are coming to the end of their life. Please don’t use black bin bags to line your caddy. 

Communal (mostly on Estates) food waste collections  

Most estates will have a communal food waste bins which will be emptied weekly. 

Please line your green kitchen caddy with a compostable liner or a plastic bag (as long as it’s not black) and take your tied food waste to your estate’s food waste recycling bin. All food waste recycling bins have securable lids to stop them smelling or rodents getting in. 

Food waste facts 

  • Food accounts for 28% of the rubbish people in Camden throw away compared with 9% plastic.
  • For every five bags of shopping bought, we throw away on average an entire bag of good food. This is usually because we cook too much or don’t use the food in time. 
  • You could save on average £70 a month by pre-planning and only buying what you need - that’s over £800 per year.
  • Not only does food waste cost you money, it has serious environmental impacts. Food waste sent to landfill releases methane gas– a harmful greenhouse gas that is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

Top tips for reducing food waste

  • Feed your freezer to save from throwing food away. Anything freezable can be frozen right up to the ‘use by’ date. 
  • Make sure your fridge is set to below five degrees to make food last longer. Milk and other food items can last up to three days longer in cooler fridges.
  • Save money and time in the aisles by planning ahead and only buying what you need. Keep a pad and pen in the kitchen, or set up a list on your smartphone – throughout the week, when you’ve got through the last of a particular foodstuff, add it to your list. 
  • Reuse your leftovers instead of throwing them away. Have a look through Love Food Hate Waste’s leftover recipe ideas for inspiration.