Helping people recycle more food waste

11 March 2019

Written by: Veolia with Lambeth Council

Environment - Housing and planning

Only 30% of Lambeth households are using the kerbside food recycling service – even though it’s so easy to recycle. So we’re making it easier still to remember what, where, when & how to recycle food waste.


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Helping people recycle more food waste

Lambeth’s food waste recycling service has been running for almost six years. We think it’s time to remind everyone about how easy it is to recycle food waste, and give people a helping hand to get started. It’s available for all kerbside properties to use.

Food recycling

The service enables you to recycle all food, from meat and bones to dairy, fruit and vegetables. The service is weekly and collected on the same day as your rubbish and recycling bins.


Ideally, no food should be wasted; however, around 25 percent of food waste is unavoidable – you need to get rid of your veg peelings, fruit cores, and eggshells somehow! But as well as benefiting the environment, recycling your food waste gives you more space in your rubbish bin. Your food waste is turned into nutrient-rich soil conditioner which is used on parks, farms and gardens, including community gardens in Lambeth.

Word from the Cabinet

Cllr Claire Holland, Cabinet member for Environment and Clean Air, said: “Our food waste recycling service is excellent, and I want to thank local people who are using it as there are real environmental benefits. I’d also like to ask our residents who are not yet recycling their food waste to keep an eye out for the handy tips that will be shared locally, and do all they can to take advantage of this kerbside service.”

Saving you money

Councils are charged by the tonne to dispose of waste, so throwing away food as rubbish is expensive.  It costs two-and-a-half times more to dispose of food as rubbish than to recycle it!

Keep your eyes peeled!

 Starting on Monday 11 March, if you live in a low-rise house with plastic wheelie bins for rubbish and recycling (a kerbside property, over the next few weeks you’ll receive a leaflet with handy tips on reducing food waste and advice on how to use the recycling service. You’ll also get a complimentary roll of biodegradable liners to get started, and ‘No food waste’ stickers to remind you how to make the best use of your rubbish bins

For more information

  • You can check your collection day
  • If you’re short of a food waste caddy order one
  • If you find yourself with surplus food that’s still edible, the People’s Fridge in Brixton will be happy to take it

We’re aware that many residents living in flats or on estates would like to recycle food waste too. Unfortunately we’re unable to offer this service at the moment; however you can always look at getting a composter on your estate managed by your local community.