What food waste can be recycled?
What food waste can be recycled?
Since the average UK household wastes as much as £400 worth of food every year, it is clear people do not realise the food they throw away does not have to go in the bin. All the food used in homes, restaurants, and business, can be recycled in one way or another.
Despite the endless food waste recycling ideas at our fingertips, still a third of all food bought in Britain is wasted. This has been estimated at a shocking 14 million tonnes of food waste each year.
Disposing of food waste correctly is worth the extra effort and not something we should shy away from. With rising produce costs, worries over stock levels and increasing concern over the climate crisis, we should always try not to waste food, however it is sometimes unavoidable.
Thankfully, all food waste can either be composted or recycled – it is just about having good ideas for how.
Recycling your household food waste
Creating your own compost pile is an easy way to reuse your food waste, and your garden will thank you for it. Home composting
Foods including fruit, veg, and eggshells are a welcome addition to any compost heap. Non-acidic fruit peels such as banana skins and avocado skins make excellent compost. Be careful of composting highly acidic fruit peels, as they can make your compost overly acidic and kill the worms in the heap. Stale bread and dry pasta are also able to be composted but try to avoid large amounts of cooked pasta as it will create too much moisture, making your compost heap smell.
Composting improves the quality of garden soil, helping it to lock in moisture stop plant disease and pests, as well as reduce the need for chemical fertilisers.
Avoid composting food such as meat and fish as they will attract unwanted pests. Any form of oil and animal fat is not compostable as the oil does not mix with water and will not break down.
Tea bags may have been a green light for compost heaps in the past, however many of them are made from plastic which unfortunately is not compost friendly.
Any food that will harm your compost heap will be suitable for recycling. If you live in an area that has a local food waste recycling collection service, you can use this to dispose of anything you cannot eat, or compost at home. This will be taken to an anaerobic digestion facility, like the one at Warren’s Group.
Sustainable food waste recycling for your business
If you run a business with too much waste to compost, it still should not end up in the bin. Food waste can be used to create clean, green energy through the process of anaerobic digestion.
Warren’s Group’s leading anaerobic digestion facility takes food waste and turns it into green energy. It is an invaluable service for businesses, restaurants and schools, where large-scale food waste is unavoidable.
Organisations that place sustainability high on their agenda should be dedicated to recycling food waste and keeping what they send to landfill to a minimum. It helps the UK move towards its Net Zero goals and keeps the cost of waste to a minimum.
Food waste is one of the most easily resolved environmental issues that we face. It is slowly being improved by forward thinking businesses and individuals, but everyone needs to play their part to end the problem for good. Making sure you know what food can be recycled is the first step in the fight against unnecessary food waste.
If your organisation is looking to recycle food waste sustainably, get in touch with the team at Warren’s Group. Our experts can talk you though how we can team up and make food waste collections a normal part of your business operations.