Council joins partners to tackle food waste

Wednesday 11 March: Hillingdon Council has partnered with the West London Waste Authority (WLWA) as part of a campaign to encourage even more people to recycle their food waste.

Council food caddyThe three-month food waste recycling campaign is aimed at increasing the use of food caddies across west London, including Hillingdon.

Hillingdon residents who do not have a food caddy are being encouraged to request one via www.hillingdon.gov.uk/food-waste. They will receive both indoor and outdoor caddies and a roll of biodegradable liners for free.

In Hillingdon, food waste is collected alongside garden waste. It then goes to a specialist site in Harefield where it is recycled into compost and fertiliser.

Cllr Philip Corthorne, Hillingdon Council's Cabinet Member for Housing and the Environment, said: "Food waste makes up approximately 30 per cent of domestic waste. If each west London household recycled just two kilograms of food waste per week, it would save 600,000 tonnes of harmful carbon dioxide emissions a year.

"As an environmentally conscious borough, we are always looking for ways to increase our recycling efforts. Residents have been able to request a free food caddy from us since 2013 but we would like to see more people getting involved.

"We recently declared a climate change emergency and are working towards achieving 100 per cent clean energy across all of our services by 2030. Encouraging more residents to recycle their food waste will play a part in helping us to reach this goal."

Find out more about the campaign at www.westlondonfoodwaste.com.

Page last updated: 11 Mar 2020