Food for thought; the war against food waste

October 23, 2017

Food waste is making headlines again; the Government has pledged to divert all food waste from landfill by 2030 as a result of these soaring figures.

An estimated 7.3 million tonnes of food waste ends up in landfill each year in the UK and has increased by 4.4 per cent since 2012. The average family wastes £470 a year by throwing away food and drink, and a further £3 billion is wasted by food sectors!

Food waste is food material that is discarded or unable to be used, food peelings for example, are now required to be recycled separately alongside plastics, paper and glass.

We believe that by providing a range of innovative food waste units, we can help to improve on the poor state of food waste recycling across the UK.

Most councils now collect food waste, which is recycled in two different ways. In-vessel composting involves mixing food waste with garden waste and composting it in an enclosed system for up to a month, where it’s heated to kill bacteria and then matured for 1-3 months ready to be used as soil.

Another recycling method is anaerobic digestion; this uses microorganisms to break down food waste to give off methane, which is collected and converted into biogas and used to generate electricity, heat or transport fuels.

Food waste that’s not recycled ends up in landfill, which produces a harmful amount of greenhouse gases that contribute towards global warming and climate change. Surely you wouldn’t want to harm the environment?

We can reduce our food waste in a few easy steps; one simple tip is to reduce your portion size and save and store any leftovers, the majority of foods can be frozen for over a month. If you’re feeling charitable, food banks are always willing to accept none-perishable foods.

One of our favourite projects from environmental charity Hubbub introduced the Community Fridge project; redistributing perishable food that would have been thrown away to local households. Why not see if there’s a community fridge near you?

We might not be able to manufacture a community fridge but we do have a Food Donation Unit. These are available with a 120 or 160 litre capacity and a contemporary design to suit any environment. Adapted from our popular Box Cycle range, the transparent body makes it’s purpose easily identifiable, together with the vinyl lettering that can be changed to accommodate any donation bin. We think it would it make a perfect collection point for non-perishable foods!

Disposing of your food waste couldn’t be easier with our Food Waste Wheelie Bin Cover. Simply lift the flap on the lid of the bin using the stainless steel handle and drop the rubbish into your 140 or 240 litre wheelie bin. This making opening easy and hygiene and works to contain any unwanted odours. An additional soft closing lid can also be fitted onto the lift up flap; this makes the lid close gradually, allowing more time for rubbish to be placed into the bin without hassle.

The Torpedo Single Recycling Bin can be designed to collect any waste stream, including food waste. This unit is manufactured from galvanised steel and available with a 82, 95 or 108 litre capacity. The weighted swing lid provides better fire protection and helps to contain odours.

We’ve been using the power of social media to encourage food waste reduction and recycling, take a look at what we’ve been up to on Twitter and follow us at @Litter_Bins or like our Facebook page

If you would like more information, feel free to give us a call on 01226 352333 or send us an email to

Food Waste Recycling