Posts Tagged ‘Food waste’

Use your loaf!

28 September 2015

Every day in the UK we throw away around 24 million slices of bread.

To put it another way, that’s 29 per cent of all the bread we buy!

But stale bread doesn’t necessarily mean ‘gone off’.  There are lots of ways we can use bread even when it’s past its best.

Love Food Hate Waste have teamed up with Great British Bake Off champion Nancy Birtwhistle for a video showing some creative ways to make the most of your leftover bread.

Watch the video and get more tips to make your loaf last.

New year, new start on food recycling.

12 December 2014

recycle symbol

UK households throw away a massive £12 billion worth of food each year. By taking a few simple steps to avoid wasting food the average Dorset household can save up to £50 each month and contribute to the same environmental impact of taking 1 in 5 cars off the road!


Top 4 tips to reducing food waste:

  1. Make a shopping list and only buy what you need. We tend to overbuy and overcook and it can lead to food going to waste.


  1. Make the most of your freezer – Freezing leftovers on the day they were cooked means they can be eaten up to a month later.


  1. Check your dates – Try and cook food with earlier dates first. Never eat food past its ‘use by’ date but ‘best before’ dates should be safe to eat later on – it just may no longer be at its best.


  1. Plan meals in advance – Plan your meals over a few days, checking what you have and need to get so that you can use up anything left in the fridge or cupboards can help make sure everything gets used up.


Dorset Waste Partnership provides food recycling collections, helping to ensure that not only is waste food kept out of landfill, it is being used as a resource. Food can be put in the bin loose, in compostable liners or wrapped in a couple of sheets of old newspaper.

Save money with our sizzling green BBQ ideas

30 July 2014


With the hot weather upon us, it’s the perfect time for a BBQ. Try our tips to help keep it green and save money:

How your food waste is collected

23 August 2013
Emptying food waste slave bin

A food waste ‘slave’ bin being emptied into the food pod

Have you wondered why collection crews empty your food waste into a wheelie bin before tipping it into the vehicle?

Don’t worry, it’s not being mixed with your rubbish and sent to landfill!

Dorset Waste Partnership crews operating the ‘recycle for Dorset’ service use ‘slave bins’ (as they’re unfortunately referred to) to empty food waste into a separate compartment on our rubbish and recycling collection vehicles.

Slave bins are usually spare grey wheelie bins with the lids taken off that are hooked securely to the back of the vehicle while it is moving.

When the vehicle stops, a crew member empties the brown food waste bins into this slave bin.  Once the slave bin is full, it is attached to a lift on the side of the vehicle and emptied into a separate ‘food pod’ in the middle of the vehicle.

This pod is emptied separately at the materials recycling facility or transfer station before being taken to be used either to generate energy through anaerobic digestion or composting.

A separate slave bin is also used for glass.

We ask you to sort glass separately using your green box because shards of smashed glass would reduce the quality and value of the other recyclable materials, such as paper, if they were mixed together.

Our standard recycling vehicles have three separate sections: one for mixed recycling (your green bin), one for food (your brown food bin) and one for glass (your green box).

It would be too noisy and hazardous for our crews to empty your boxes straight into the glass section (the smaller of the two sections at the rear).  Therefore crew members take turns to tip the glass from boxes into another slave bin, which is then emptied into the vehicle when full.

Glass is then taken to a materials recycling facility before being sent on for reprocessing in the UK.

We’re currently looking at how we can make these ‘slave bins’ more distinctive so they don’t get confused with household rubbish or recycling bins, possibly by using different coloured bins. Perhaps we can come up with a new name for them while we’re at it? Any suggestions welcome!

Find out more about the ‘recycle for Dorset’ service here.

How do they make energy from food waste?

22 August 2013

Piddlehinton AD 3The Anaerobic Digester at Piddlehinton can process up to 20 000 tonnes of food waste per year, and produces enough energy to power the nearby feed mill

Despite what you might think the method of turning food waste into energy is relatively simple; the waste is left to break down in the absence of oxygen, the chemical reactions that take place produce methane and carbon dioxide (Biogas1), which can then be harvested and used for energy.

The process can be broken into three main stages:

1. Pre-treatment – When food waste first arrives at the plant it needs to be screened, and all contaminants such as plastic packaging need to be removed. This process is difficult and very, very dirty, which is why it is so important to make sure only food goes in food waste bins.

2. Digestion – After pre-treatment the waste is fed into the digester, which is basically a large air-tight tank (see above). The biogas is produced as the waste breaks down; this is then harvested and stored until needed.

3. Digestate– Once the ‘digestion’ process is complete all that is left is digestate. The liquid portion of this is ready to use, and is spread on nearby farms as a fertiliser; the solid matter is processed further and turned into compost.

Sending food waste from Dorset to be recycled at the Piddlehinton AD helps to reduce green house gas emissions and cut down on waste sent to landfill.

Biogas1 is a bi-product of the breakdown of organic matter in the absence of oxygen. It is made of mainly methane and carbon dioxide.

Summer waste advice

24 July 2013


Mollie  caddy (2)Advice to help you avoid problems with flies and odours in your bins this summer:

  • Firstly, stop flies from getting to your waste by keeping the lids of both your kitchen caddy and your food waste bin closed and locked
  • You can use compostable caddy liners to create a further barrier between flies and food waste
  • Whenever possible store your bins out of direct sunlight
  • You should aim to put your food waste bin out for collection every week, even if it isn’t full; this will help keep unwanted odours to a minimum
  • Try to keep your bins as clean as possible in hot weather; simply swilling it with washing up liquid or bicarbonate soda after a collection is a quick and easy way to do it
  • Finally, make an extra effort to reduce your food waste by only buying what you need and using up your leftovers

What happens to food waste in Dorset

19 June 2013

Food waste (large version)Separate food waste collections are being introduced across Dorset as part of the new recycle for Dorset kerbside scheme. This new collections means that residents can, or will be able to shortly, recycle their food waste.

 The food waste collected in Dorset is sent to one of two places, an in-vessel composter in Hurn, where it is transformed into nutrient compost, or the anaerobic digester (AD) in Piddlehinton, where food waste can be transformed into renewable energy in the form of biogas and soil improver.

If you want to learn more about how your food is turned into compost and energy watch this short video from recycle now.

Think.Eat.Save for World Environment Day

5 June 2013


Food waste is a huge environmental and economical problem, and this year World Environment Day is about how we can all make a change to reduce it.

Here are some easy ways you can reduce your food waste:

Shop smart – Plan your meals, write a list and only buy what you need, you’ll save food and money

Get freezer friendly – If you have leftovers from your dinner pop them in your freezer for a tasty homemade ready-meal another day

Compost it – Composting is a great way to reduce the impact of your unavoidable food waste, such as veggie peelings and fruit skins. If you haven’t already got a compost bin the Dorset Waste Partnership has some great offers to get you started

Store it right – Store your food just right to keep it fresher for longer, there is some great advice available from Love Food Hate Waste

Think global – Food waste is an issue hitting more than just your pocket, it contributes to global warming and drains natural resources, find out about the environmental cost of your food habits using the WWF virtual shopping cart

Freezer frenzy

18 May 2013

Attribute to armigeressDid you know: The average UK household spends £680 a year on food that ends up in the bin. This leads to a massive 7.2 tonnes of extra waste every year. 

If you want to make a change try our favourite ways to save food and money using your freezer:

  • Freeze leftovers, simply portion, cool, label and pop in your freezer.
  • If you’re not going to have time to eat your meat put it in the freezer before the use by date and use within 24 hours of defrosting.
  • Did you know pasta sauces and pesto can be frozen? Only cook what you need and freeze leftover sauces for another meal.
  • You can freeze leftover rice if you make too much. This handy video from Love Food Hate Waste tells you how.
  • Wrap food carefully or store it in air-tight containers to avoid freezer burn.
  • If you like fresh herbs try chopping them, popping them in an ice-cube tray and adding a little water, perfect every time!

Reduce your foodprint – Think.Eat.Save

27 April 2013

Food waste (large version)Think.Eat.Save is the global campaign started in January this year to tackle the global food waste. Every year one third of all food produced (roughly 1.3 billion tonnes) is wasted unnessarily.

Here are their top ten tips to help you reduce your foodprint and your food bill:

  1. Shop smart – plan your meals and only buy what you need
  2. Buy funny fruit – fruit and veg goes to waste every year simply because it looks different
  3. Understand expiration dates – this infographic from love food hate waste is great.
  4. Zero down your fridge – Eat what you have before you buy more
  5. Say freeze and use your freezer – frozen foods remain safe indefinitely
  6. Request smaller portions – Help end food waste in the hospitality sector, and don’t be afraid to ask for only as much as you will eat
  7. Compost – compost your leftover fruit and veg
  8. Use FIFO (First in First Out) as a kitchen rule, and stop foods going off before you eat them
  9. Love leftovers – experiment with leftovers to make something new or try out a recipe from love food hate waste.
  10. Donate – non-perishable and unspoiled perishable food can be donated to local food banks, soup kitchens, pantries and shelters

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