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Waste and recycling collections

We are currently experiencing delays on some of our rounds. If the whole street has been missed we will be aware and will return as soon as possible. Please leave the bins/containers out for collection.

Reduce your food waste

Over the Christmas period millions of pounds worth of food will go to waste in the UK and it's estimated that 230,000 tonnes of food will be thrown away this festive period. That includes 9,300 tonnes of Brussels sprouts!

How to reduce your food waste this Christmas

There are many tips and tricks for wasting less food, both at Christmas and throughout the year. Here are a selection:

Before you head to the shops:

  • check what you have in the cupboard 
  • plan ahead - Love food hate waste have a portion planner and festive meal plans on their website
  • write a list of what you need
  • take a photo of the inside of your cupboard or fridge to refer back to when you at the shops

When you are at the shops

  • don't panic buy - supermarkets will only be closed on the bank holidays
  • stop yourself from buying food 'just in case you need it' - this is often the food that ends up going to waste
  • check the best before and use by dates
  • refer to your list

When you get home

  • store your food appropriately - check the packaging or use love food hate waste's A-Z of food storage
  • freeze food that you will not be able to eat before its date

When your food is about to go out of date

  • remember you can use your freezer to freeze food right up until the use by date

When you cook too much

  • freeze portions to eat on a later day
  • look for recipes to use your leftovers a new way, love food hate waste have a selection of recipes

What to do with any food waste you have

If you have any food waste, please put it in your blue food waste container

Find out what happens to the food waste we collect

Food waste is taken to an anaerobic digestion facility in Devon where it is converted into electricity and fertiliser. This video shows how food waste is processed

Other things to do with excess food

Local food banks and community fridges would appreciate any additional food you have bought and will not eat

When this content has been updated

Last updated 12 November 2021