Why are you starting to collect food waste?

Between 30% and 40% of the household rubbish put into our grey bins in Reading is food waste.

We're starting weekly household food waste collections. The service could start as early as October 2020.

The benefits include:

  • Composted food waste can be turned into electricity fertiliser for farming.
  • Composting food instead of burying it in landfill reduces the amount of methane (a powerful greenhouse gas) released into the atmosphere.
  • It's cheaper - every time we compost a lorry load of food instead of sending it to landfill it saves £100.
  • Separating food waste means you have more room in your black bin to put things you cannot recycle.
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