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Reducing waste at home

Food waste is a major issue. In the UK we throw away 7 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year, the majority of which could have been eaten. It's costing us £12.5 billion a year and is bad for the environment too. Try out these handy tips and tasty recipes to help you save up to £60 per month by making your food shop go further

Handy tips and tasty recipes to help you save money

Reduce

A lot of waste is generated by buying more than we need. Reducing waste is the most sustainable and environmentally beneficial thing you can do. This is because waste that is not created in the first place does not need to be re-used, recycled or disposed of.

See how you can easily reduce your waste including stopping junk mail

Recycling food waste - frequently asked questions

Find answers to some questions if you're unable to reduce your food waste and would like to recycle it instead.

Why should I recycle my food waste?

At least 25% of household waste collected across the borough is unused or leftover food. Due to the rising cost of waste disposal, it is 50% more expensive to collect and dispose of food waste in your refuse bin than it is to recycle your food waste in your brown wheeled bin.

Which types of food waste can I recycle using this service?

Fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, dairy products, egg shells, carcasses and bones, plate scrapings, rice, pasta, bread, pastries, tea bags and coffee grounds.

Will collections be postponed during the winter months?

No - collections will continue throughout the year.

How often will the brown bin be collected?

Your brown bin will continue to be emptied every 2 weeks.

I am bothered about smells from my caddy?

By keeping the caddy lid securely closed smells will not escape. However, the caddy has a vent in the lid which if used will help to dry out the food waste reducing the potential for the food to generate smells. The leaflet supplied with the caddy explains how this vent operates.

I haven't got space for the caddy in my kitchen?

Brackets can be purchased from the caddy supplier Coral to enable the caddy to be stored inside a cupboard. Please see the leaflet that is supplied with the caddy for further details.

Where can I buy compostable liners for my caddy?

Compostible liners for your caddy are widely available thoughout the borough of Rochdale.

Supplier Location
Ecocare on amazon.co.uk Online retailer
Asda All stores
Dyson Doctor Heywood
Morrisons Heywood
Lakeside News Littleborough
Smithybridge News and Convenience Littleborough
Poundbuster Middleton
Premier Shop N Save Middleton
Ashworth News Rochdale
Coulmans Rochdale
Hamer DIY Rochdale
Morrisons Rochdale
Norden News Rochdale
Premier Convenience Store Rochdale
Premier Smallbridge Convenience Rochdale
Premier Store Rochdale
Sweet Shop & General Store Rochdale
Tesco Rochdale
The Paper Shop P&B Jones Rochdale

I already home compost most of my food waste?

Please continue to compost at home as this the best environmental option for disposing of certain food wastes. Foods you can’t home compost such as meat, eggs, fish, dairy products or cooked food can be put in your brown bin.

My brown bin states ‘No food waste’ on the lid

Please ignore this. The lid information about food waste applies to the old garden waste only collection system.

What about food waste collections for properties without gardens eg terraced housing and flats?

Unfortunately it has only been possible to include properties with garden waste bins in the mixed food and garden waste service. However we hope to introduce tailor-made food waste recycling arrangements for terraced properties and flats in the future.

Do I have to use caddy liners?

No. They are an option to help you to keep your caddy clean and to assist the process of transferring food waste to your brown bin.

What happens to the food and garden waste after it is collected?

It is taken to the new In-vessel Composting (IVC) facility at Chichester Street, Rochdale where it is composted. Mixed food and garden waste must be composted "in-vessel". This is an enclosed, intensive method of composting with accurate temperature control and monitoring to ensure that the material is fully sanitised before it is matured and screened for use as soil conditioner in agriculture.

This type of process must be used for both pure food waste and food waste mixed with garden waste.

Contact

0300 303 8884

Environmental Management
Green Lane
Heywood OL10 2DY
(Postal address only)

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