Festive recycling: from food waste to wrapping paper and your Christmas tree

Serving up some festive food recycling tips

It’s Christmas dinner time, and everybody loves the leftovers… but if you’ve got any scraps to get rid of, how will you bin them?

We are reminding residents to make the most of our free food recycling collections. Recycling food waste is environmentally friendly, and it’s cheaper for the council to handle scraps from the food waste recycling bin than the rubbish bin.

We are also encouraging people to reduce the amount of food waste they produce. UK householders throw away an estimated 7.3 million tonnes of food each year. But what does that really mean? Well according to Veolia’s stats, this boils down to the equivalent of 1.5 million homemade meals, 20 billion frozen pizzas, or almost one pizza per person every single day.

Some of the things you can put in your food waste bin:

  •           Tea bags and coffee grounds
  •           Plate scrapings
  •           Meat and fish (raw and cooked including bones)
  •           All fruit and vegetables (raw and cooked including peelings)
  •           Dairy products like eggs and yoghurt (except milk)

If you don’t have a food waste caddy and bin, get in touch and we’ll deliver one to you for free within 10 working days. They lock in place too, so they do not attract insects or vermin. If you would rather use your own indoor container rather than the caddy we provide, that’s fine too (though you'll still need to use our external food waste bin).

To get a free food waste caddy and bin, or to find out more, email enquiries.haringey@veolia.com or call 020 8885 7700. For other tips visit: www.RecycleNow.com

Recycling all wrapped up
Once you’ve opened up your pressies, please help us keep Haringey green by recycling as much wrapping (unless it's foil-based) and cardboard packaging as you can.

Branch out
When Christmas is over, you can recycle your tree too. Info here:  http://www.haringey.gov.uk/environment-and-waste/refuse-and-recycling/recycling/christmas-tree-recycling

Christmas collection dates
Rubbish and recycling collections will be different over Christmas and New Year, there’s info here: http://www.haringey.gov.uk/christmas-haringey-opening-hours-festive-season#refuse-recycling