Food waste

The Government has committed to roll out separate household food waste collection across the country in its Environment Bill.

We are currently working with other West Sussex councils to develop a strategy for dealing with food waste.

Weekly food waste collection trial for 100 households

In late September 2021 we undertook a three month food waste collection trial with one hundred households across the District including family households, single-occupancy homes and flats. The trial has now closed and we will be reviewing the data in the coming weeks.

So far we know that in three months:

  • Each household on average recycled over 3kg of food waste per week.
  • General waste per household was cut on average from 6kg to 4kg per week.

This means that the quantity of household waste each week was reduced by one third!

We'll be sharing updates about the trial on this page and in our Waste and Recycling email newsletter.

How much of our rubbish is food waste?

41.5% of the rubbish in an average Horsham District bin is made up of food waste. Much of this food waste can be easily avoided.

Tips to reduce your food waste

The good news is that there a few simple things your family can do to reduce food waste.

  • Shop smart by planning meals, making a shopping list and buying seasonal produce
  • Batch cook and freeze the rest.
  • Before throwing food out, consider whether it can be frozen to be used another day
  • Think about how any leftovers can be used to form the basis of another meal, such as soups, sauces or sandwiches
  • Compost any peelings and eggshells.

NHS Eat Well: How to store food and leftovers

Change4Life family meal planners