In Bucks, Buckinghamshire Council oversees food waste and food packaging waste services. From weekly collections to food caddys you can find more information directly on their website
Food Waste Caddys collect your avoidable and unavoidable food waste, normally on a bi weekly basis. You don’t need a caddy liner – a normal carrier bag will do- although biodegradable liners are advised. Do you know where your food waste caddy contents ends up? Check it our here
Your kitchen and garden waste can easily be recycled into a precious natural resource – a rich and fertile food for your soil that will also encourage wildlife into your garden. Composting means allowing organic material to rot down naturally into a crumbly brown, fresh smelling product. However, you do have to take a little care to make sure what you produce is the best possible. Here are some tips:
- Pick the best location bu choosing a level, well-drained spot, so that any excess water drains away easily. This also helps worms to get in and get on with breaking down the contents. Also do not place somewhere where the bin can overheat and kill the microbes.
- There is no ideal compost bin, you can purchase a discounted bin here, heap garden and compost waste and cover wit an old carpet or create a space with wooden pallets.
- Make sure you add Green and Brown material in layers, this generates the right combination of environments for the composting magic to happen. Green materials are vegetable peelings, fruit waste, teabags, plant and grass cuttings. These are fast to break down and provide important nitrogen as well as moisture. Brown materials are cardboard egg boxes, scrunched up paper and fallen leaves. These are slower to rot but provide vital fibre and carbon and also allow important air pockets to form in the mixture. Crushed eggshells can be included to add useful minerals.
- Your ‘greens’ and ‘browns’ need to be properly balanced. If your compost is too wet, add more ‘browns’. If it’s too dry, add some ‘greens’. Adding scrunched up bits of cardboard/ paper is a easy way to create air pockets that will help keep your compost healthy. Air can also be added by mixing the contents.
- ‘Turning‘, your compost can be a tricky job without the right tools, but helps to aerate and mix up the waste and cuttings, which leads to faster composting. Either use a fork/ pitchfork or shovel or even open the compost and mix and replace to ensure all layers are mixed well
- Can you add citrus and cooked foods? Yes, it is diary and meat items that aren’t great for compost- however old bones from the sunday chicken can be added but beware it can attract the wrong sort of attention from rodents!
- Avoid composting perennial weeds (such as dandelions and thistle) or weeds with seed heads.
- If you have a small amount of fallen leaves these can be added to your compost bins, however if you have a lot maybe fill large bags and allow the leaves to mulch and use as a peat alternative.
- The best compost worker is the tiger worm aka the Brandling worm (Eisenia fetida) these red coloured worms can be found within a garden but can also be sourced from other compost bins or even ordered online.
Bucks Council are partnering with Garden Organic to host an “Introduction to home Composting” webinars for Buckinghamshire residents.
They have secured 3 dates for the webinar so you can choose the date/time that suits you best.
Visit their site here to register on a webinar
One of the most efficient ways of recycling kitchen waste is to use a wormery, or ‘worm bin’. These purpose-built containers house a colony of Brandling worms (tiger worms), which consume fruit and vegetable waste, producing a nutritious worm compost. For more wormery guidance visit here
Packaging from food can normally be recycled through the local recycling waste collections.
For other plastics that are exempt from the waste recycling collections you can find supermarkets, schools or local hubs that will recycling flexible plastic wrapping, bread bags, crisp packets or Terracycle packaging. Check our where you can take your wrappers on the Zero Waste Map and look for the orange circles.
Food Waste Apps
In Bucks we have many apps operating locally, Why not check out