Recycle the rest

You’ve reduced, you’ve repurposed, now it’s time to get recycling! Recycling is the last resort for food waste, but there will always be some unavoidable waste—like chicken bones, banana skins and tea bags—that can’t be put in your black bin. Fortunately for us, Bristol has a great food waste recycling service, and many food waste items can be recycled for use at home.

Recycle your food waste with a food recycling bin from Bristol City Council. If you don’t have one already, you can order it for free from their website. In just 10 weeks, Bristol Waste’s Slim my Waste, Feed my Face campaign saw additional food waste collections equal to the weight of 60 adult African elephants!

Why not start your own home composter? This is a low-maintenance way to produce useable compost for the garden or allotment. It will reduce vehicle emissions and transport costs compared to putting food waste out for collection, not to mention the costs saved in trips to the garden centre. See the resources section for compost tips and tricks.

A wormery is a sure-fire way to get the kids involved with food waste recycling. These require more maintenance than compost bins but produce compost in as little as 6 months.

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