National Compost Week encourages recycling of food waste

Published: 07 Mar 2024

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Monday 11 - 17 March 2024

DID YOU KNOW: A staggering 41.5% of our average waste bin is made up of food waste!   However, up to 70% of that waste can actually be avoided, with much of the food waste due to bulk buying too much (buying loose fruit and vegetables  gives you more control over the quantities you buy), or cooking or serving too much.

In addition to reducing food waste, home composting is the most environmentally-friendly way of recycling kitchen food waste. In a standard compost bin you can compost any uncooked food (but no meat or fish) and eggshells.

By finding ways to reduce our food waste and composting what is left, we will save ourselves money, and save the environment. We could be well on the way to saving an average of £700 a year!

A Hot Bin goes further!

We have been trialling the use of Hot Bins across the District with local families and community groups to help increase the amount of food waste that can be composted.

Hot Bin can take uncooked food waste, peelings and pet waste, and it can also take cooked food waste (including bones), and more and turn it into rich compost in 30 – 90 days.  It does this by heating the waste up to 60°C – hence its name! The result is a nutrient-rich compost for your garden and reduced food waste in your rubbish bin. See how our recycling champions got on with their hot bin trials.

Discount offers for Horsham District residents

Find out about our current offers on compost bins for residents in Horsham District.