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Recycling - food for thought

With 70 per cent of household rubbish now recyclable, it’s never been easier for everyone to do their bit for the environment.

This week, Waltham Forest Council is changing its food waste collections from fortnightly to weekly, to make it easier for residents to recycle their food waste and rid their homes of unwanted food smells over the warmer months.

From 31 March until 3 October, anyone living in the borough can expect their brown bin – which is used for food waste – to be emptied by the Council’s contractors every week.

Last year, an extra 1,180 tonnes of food waste were collected thanks to the increased food waste collections, with the waste was used to create compost, rather than ending up in landfill.

“Most garden and food waste can be recycled”, said Cllr Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, “but at the moment that seems to be the main thing we find in our black bins, so it doesn’t get recycled.”

“Egg shells, fruit and vegetable peelings, tea bags, coffee grounds, grass cuttings, leaves and cut flowers, can all go into the brown recycling bin to be turned into compost – and dry items like paper and glass can go into the green recycling bin. In fact, we can recycle so many different things now that it’s more a case of finding out what can’t go into the brown and green bins than what can.”

“Recycling is important because landfill sites are filling up and sending food waste to landfill is not only expensive, it creates methane, which harms the Earth’s atmosphere. It’s something that households can easily do, to do their bit for the environment.”

Earlier this month the Council launched its ‘Yes you can’ campaign to encourage recycling across Waltham Forest, in a bid to increase the amount recycled by the borough.

Residents can get a free ‘kitchen caddy’ – a small bin that makes collecting food waste easier – by contacting or 020 8496 3000, or by completing a form at a Customer Services Centre or a Library Plus.

For more information about recycling, including a list of items that can go in each bin, please visit or call 020 8496 3000.


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