Reduce and recycle your food waste

Reducing the amount of food waste ending up in the general rubbish bin.

Love Food, Hate Waste

Did you know that in Oxfordshire 30% of the average rubbish bin is made up of food? And most of this could have been eaten! This is really bad news for the environment and is wasting us all a lot of money.

Oxfordshire councils support the national Love Food Hate Waste campaign, that passes on practical tips, hacks and recipes to help you make your food go further and get the most out of your money. See how much you could save!

Food waste

We all have some food waste that we can't avoid, like banana skins, tea bags or chicken bones. If you have a home compost bin, much of this can be put in there, generating a free, high quality compost for your garden. All Oxfordshire councils also provide food waste collections, which have huge benefits for the environment and save money.

All cooked and raw food can be put into your food caddy for recycling, including meat and fish, dairy products and tea bags and coffee grounds.

Food waste is taken to either an in-vessel composting plant near Bicester or an anaerobic digestion plant at Cassington or Wallingford. The plants turn the food waste into high quality compost and soil conditioner for local farms, and capture the methane given off by the food to generate electricity for the National Grid – enough for around 9,000 homes!

Find out more about how to recycle your food waste on your district council website.

Replenish Project

To help people take action on food waste locally, Oxfordshire County Council funds the Replenish Project, a network of trained volunteers of Food Waste Advisors.

Food Waste Advisors attend events, set up projects and work with local community groups as well as friends and neighbours - wherever they feel they can help.

If you’d like to join the project or would like a Food Waste Advisor to attend your event, we’d love to hear from you! Email waste.management@oxfordshire.gov.uk or call 01865 816043. 

Part of Oxfordshire Recycles

This information is from Oxfordshire Recycles, a partnership of Oxfordshire’s county and district councils working together to reduce waste.

Part of Oxfordshire Recycles

This information is from Oxfordshire Recycles, a partnership of Oxfordshire’s county and district councils working together to reduce waste.