Food, Glorious Food: Waste now avoids landfill!

One Greater Manchester local authority has branched out into the collection of food and garden waste, collecting 250 tonnes of it during its new scheme’s first week!

Residents of Partington, Flixton and Urmston, along with areas of Davyhulme, all in the Trafford local authority area, can now dispose of their potato peelings and leftovers in compostable liners to fill a seven-litre kitchen caddy. When the caddy is full, the liner can be tied at the top and deposited in residents’ green bins for collection.

These areas are the first to receive the new scheme, which will be rolled out to other areas within Trafford in a further four phases between June and October. There will be no changes to residents’ collection days.

As well as there being a large amount of food waste collected in the green bins, there was also a reduction of 55 tonnes collected from the grey bins, which are for other household waste. This demonstrates that food waste that was previously not being recycled is now being put in the green bin as a result of the new system.

The food and garden waste collection service will also reduce landfill, which will save the local council money; sending waste to landfill costs councils £72 per tonne. Executive Councillor Alan Mitchell said:

“This is an absolutely fantastic response from local residents, who are already showing us how much they appreciate the opportunity to recycle more. I am sure over the coming months, as the new service is rolled out we will see residents divert more and more food waste to their green bins.

“This is not only great for the environment, but, significantly, will help the council save Trafford ratepayers over £1m a year.”

Recycling Lives is pleased to hear that Trafford Council has begun to implement its new food and garden waste scheme, and hopes that the local authority achieves similar success when it rolls out the service to other areas. Any measure to reduce landfill and recycle waste is always welcomed by our social business!

But it is also important for residents to think about how to avoid producing so much waste in the first place. If they reduce their amount of waste, that will be even better for the environment.

Planning the weekly shop around meals for each day can help to reduce waste, as can cooking food from scratch and making several meals out of one set of ingredients. For example, when preparing vegetables to go in a shepherd’s pie, why not prepare extra veg and use it to make a soup or a stew?

If you really get bitten by the healthy eating bug, you might even start to grow your own produce, which will save on packaging waste; when you dig carrots out of the ground, there are no plastic bags around them! It will also save you some fuel on trips to the supermarket.

Our social welfare charity ensures that its Residents are supported to cook healthy meals and save money by reducing waste. To this end, the support staff teach them about menu planning and budgeting. This is especially important, because the individuals they support have been homeless and unemployed, and are now getting their lives back on track.

If you want to find out more about reducing, reusing and recycling your household waste, have a look through the information on the Recycling Lives website. We’re always happy to provide advice on waste management!