In today's society, some food and garden waste is inevitable, and while banana skins are not likely to feature on any menu, and hedge clippings won't win you any garden prizes, they do have more potential than you realise. When you recycle your food and garden waste, they are turned into Progrow compost to help new crops and gardens grow, contributing to the circular economy.
Veolia's Five hacks for recycling food and garden waste
1. If you run out of compostable caddy liners, use a paper bag or newspaper instead
Reusing is better for the environment, and will also save you some money. If it's your first time using a paper liner, YouTube has helpful videos to prevent leaks - and they're super easy to follow!
2. Eliminate odeurs by keeping food waste in the freezer
As we get into the warmer months, the contents of your food caddy will need to be emptied more often to prevent smells. But don't let this turn you off recycling, instead try freezing your food waste until your collection day.
3. Use VapoRub on your bin lid to keep animals out.
Whilst humans love the smell of eucalyptus and menthol, animals don't. So put a small amount of vaporub on the lid of your bin to keep rodents from getting in. An added plus is that the vaporub will leave your bin smelling lovely, win-win!
4. Visit your local Household Waste Reuse and Recycling Centre
If you don't have a garden waste bin, recycle your garden waste at your Household Waste Reuse and Recycling Centre. It will then be turned into compost, which is a lot better for the environment than putting it in your rubbish bun
5. Check your council's website
The items that can and can't be recycled in your food waste and garden waste bins will differ from council to council. Check out your council's website to make sure you're putting the right things in the right bins, and if in doubt, leave it out!
Considering home composting? Here's three tips to get you started
It’s a fine balance between the ‘greens’, such as grass, trees clippings and kitchen scraps, and the ‘browns’, which include paper, cardboard, straw or wood ash.
Compost fruit and veg waste, teabags, coffee grounds or grass cuttings, as well as scrunched paper, egg boxes and eggshells. Keep out bones, bread, meat, dairy products, nappies, animal droppings, and cigarette ends.
Your compost is ready when it’s dark brown and slightly moist, with an earthy smell and a crumbly texture. Spread your fresh, nutrient-rich compost on the soil in your garden, and sit back and enjoy watching your plants grow.