General, HP, Surrey County Council, Waste

Recycling food waste will help save £3million-a-year

More than £3million-a-year could be saved if Surrey residents put all their food waste in their caddy rather than in their rubbish.

It costs less than half to recycle food waste through anaerobic digestion compared to throwing it in with the rubbish which goes for expensive waste disposal. This means that recycling all food waste would make savings to help protect other council services like social care, libraries and schools.

Food waste is collected from most homes in Surrey on the same day as rubbish or recycling. Using plastic bags or liners is the cleanest and easiest way to deal with food waste – they can prevent drips if used to line kitchen caddies and can also be used for bagging up smelly food and putting it straight into outside food waste bins.  

Anaerobic digestion uses food waste to generate green electricity which goes into the national grid to power homes and to make fertiliser used in farming.

To help make the savings, Surrey’s councils will be working with residents this autumn.

Mike Goodman, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning, said: “Putting food waste in your caddy for collection is clean and easy when you use plastic bags instead of the old compostable liners which cost more and could easily leak or tear.

“If everybody put their food waste in their caddy Surrey’s councils would have more money to spend on the services residents value most.”

To find out more about food waste collections, visit


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