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Watch your waste to save pennies and the planet

Publication date: Wednesday 16 January 2013

A fantastic New Year's resolution would be to help cut waste by recycling more.(editor's note - what they mean is waste less)

22,000 tonnes of Haringey's waste has been recycled in the last nine months, but we could do even better if more people used the weekly food recycling service.

We throw away 7.2 million tonnes of food from our homes every year in the UK - much of this could have been eaten at home or recycled.

Haringey Council wants to help cut food waste to save disposal costs and reduce the waste going to landfill and incineration.

In North London it costs around £120 a tonne to send waste to landfill and just £40 to recycle it, so it makes sense to recycle as much as we can.

Wasting food they could have eaten also costs the average UK family with children around £680 a year, or £50 a month. Cutting this down can help a family's budget as well as protecting the environment.

The best way of cutting food waste is to only buy what you use but if you do have leftovers that can't be eaten, we ask that you dispose of them through the councils free, weekly food recycling service.

Although many families already take advantage of the food waste collections, many more still put food waste in with their general rubbish.

Cabinet Member for the Environment, Cllr Nilgun Canver, says:

"I ask everyone to start the New Year by making an effort to try the food waste collection service. If we all stop wasting food we could save a substantial amount of money. The council's food waste service is easy to use and just involves getting into the habit of collecting it separately from other waste.

"Remember that the reduction in carbon emissions from cutting food waste could amount to the equivalent of taking 1 in 5 cars off the road, cleaning the air for us all."

Anyone who receives a street-based recycling service will get their food waste collected at the same time every week. Food can be collected in the small black kitchen caddy provided by the council, and then transferred to the outdoor food recycling bin with a lockable lid

To order a new kitchen caddy or additional food waste bins, please contact the Veolia Call Centre to request them:

For tips on using leftovers and cutting food waste see the Love Food Hate Waste website (external link)

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