Love your food but hate your waste

Release Date: 08/03/2017

Have your say on a Council consultation which is seeking residents’ views on food waste. The consultation is aimed at exploring the barriers of recycling food waste in residential homes to help the service perform more efficiently and effectively and to assist residents in recycling more. The consultation deadline is on Wednesday 12 April.

The Council currently offers a comprehensive weekly food recycling service where food waste can either be stored in a small caddy container or larger green bin. When collected, food waste is then converted into energy and fertiliser reducing the amount of waste going to landfill. Residents are invited to take part in the consultation to help increase the amount of food waste recycled.

Nearly 20% of all food in UK households is thrown away and this can cost a family on average of around £60 a month and which costs local authorities thousands of pounds in landfill costs. Increased food recycling rates not only supports the economy but helps maintain a clean and green environment.

Richmond Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Pamela Fleming, said:

“It is essential that we reduce the amount of food wasted and the only way to do that is to do it together. We want as many residents as possible to share their views and experiences of how they recycle food waste even if you do not currently participate. These views will help shape the way we communicate with residents and how the service operates.”

For more information, see the consultation  

Updated: 8 March 2017