Fighting food waste



Three district councils in partnership with Buckinghamshire County Council are working collaboratively to increase food waste recycling.

Households in Chiltern, South Bucks and Wycombe districts with a food recycling service received an information pack about the benefits of food recycling, including introductory rolls of plastic bags to line kitchen caddies.

At the same time, yellow stickers were placed on rubbish bins to encourage residents to separate and recycle food waste. The stickers are intended to remind people of the separate weekly food recycling service, which has been made even easier. Waste food can now be placed in the brown food caddy wrapped in plastic bags, newspaper, brown paper bags.The idea is to make this service easy and convenient, by using bags you would find around the home. And, with weekly food waste collections food isn't lingering in the rubbish bin for two weeks.

Machinery separates the bags and liners from the food waste. Those bags and liners are then sent to the energy from waste plant to be turned into electricity. The remaining food waste is processed, creating energy and a rich fertiliser, to be used in agriculture

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How your food waste is recycled

Top tips

  • Line your caddy and empty it regularly to keep it clean
  • Rinse your caddy in washing up water, or place it in the dishwasher
  • Line the bottom of your caddy with kitchen roll or newspaper to keep it dry
  • Keep your outdoor food bin locked; push the black handle forward to lock it
  • Present your food bin every week on collection day