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Food recycling trial

We are working with Derbyshire County Council to run a food recycling trial to increase the amount of food waste recycled in High Peak.

People in the trial areas have really supported the scheme - separating 3 tonnes of food waste each week which is turned into compost to be used on local fields. 

Recycling your food waste saves money - it costs more to send black bin waste for disposal than it does to compost waste from green lidded bins. We want to see if giving out compostable bags encourages more people to recycle more of their food waste instead of throwing it away in the black bin.

If you are not part of the trial you should continue to recycle your food waste as normal using your green lidded bin.

How to recycle food waste

Recycling food waste is as easy as 1, 2, 3...

  1. line a container - an old ice cream tub will do - with one of the compostable bags
  2. fill the bag with peelings, tea bags and other food waste from the list of acceptable foods
  3. when the bag is full, simply tie the top of the bag and drop it straight into your green lidded bin or outdoor food caddy

We've provided 1 liner a week but you can buy more if needed.

What can I recycle?

  • raw and cooked vegetables
  • whole fruit
  • cores and peelings
  • tea bags and coffee grounds
  • bread, cakes and pastries
  • rice, pasta and beans
  • dairy products, cheese and eggs
  • raw and cooked meat, fish and bones
  • all uneaten food and plate scrapings

You can also recycle mouldy and out of date food, including ready meals, as long as they are removed from their packaging!

What cannot go in the compostable bag or green lidded bin?

Please don't put any of these materials in your green lidded bin

  • plastic bags
  • packaging of any kind
  • liquids such as milk
  • oil or liquid fat
  • soil
  • any material that is not food or garden plant waste

Where can I buy extra compostable bags?

Information on where to get more compostable bags

Why recycle food waste?

Recycling your food waste saves money - it costs less to compost green lidded bin material than it does to send black bin waste for disposal.

Recycling your food waste is better for the environment. Food waste that ends up in the general rubbish, instead of your green lidded bin, is sent for disposal in landfill.

Rotting food in landfill generates methane, a greenhouse gas 25 times more powerful than carbon dioxide, and contributes to global warming and climate change.

It costs Derbyshire County Council £6.3 million a year to dispose of waste that is not recycled. Recycling your food waste helps to reduce these costs and the food waste is made into a useful compost. 

How is food waste recycled?

Food and garden waste collected from green lidded bins is taken to a special processing plant in Buxton where it is used to make a safe compost material which is used on local farms.

How do I stop my bin attracting flies?

Flies are attracted to waste by the smell. Your bins are an excellent food source and breeding ground for flies, but there are things you can do to stop attracting flies.

  • using compostable liners will help prevent your waste smelling and stop flies getting access to your food waste to lay their eggs 
  • flies can lay eggs in seconds; if they have even momentary access to waste before it goes in the bin it is possible you will get maggots
  • avoid leaving food, including pet food, uncovered 
  • cook, eat and store food properly or place it in your kitchen container or bin as soon as possible
  • use garden waste (e.g. grass cuttings) to cover your food waste and act as a barrier to flies
  • maggots will only exist if flies have been allowed access to your waste
  • store your kitchen container and your bins out of direct sunlight, the sun warms up the bin increasing the smell which attracts flies
  • keep the bin lids closed
  • if you are troubled by flies, place an insecticide strip inside your bins

How do I get rid of maggots?

The larvae of the housefly are 3 to 9mm in length and are creamy white in colour. If you do get maggots in your green lidded bin they won't hurt you and are easy to get rid of. 

  • most maggots will be removed when the bin is emptied
  • you can treat maggots easily by applying an insecticide spray or dust suitable for crawling insects.  These are readily available from supermarkets and DIY stores
  • maggots and fly eggs can also be killed with boiling water
  • wash out your bin after it has been emptied.  Try using a cleaning product with a fragrance, which will help deter flies

How can I waste less food?

Visit LoveFoodHateWaste for tips and recipes to help you waste less food and save money.

Monitoring and results

We have been monitoring the amount of food waste recycled in the trial areas for the last year. On average 3 tonnes of food waste has been separated for recycling each week.

It's because of these great results the scheme is being continued until next Spring when the decision to expand the scheme to other areas will be made.

Thank you for recycling!

Last year High Peak residents recycled 7,798 tonnes of food and garden waste.

Let's work together to recycle even more...