Over the next six weeks, until mid-December, all houses in Watford will have the below 'no food waste' sticker added to their black bin lids.
To thank residents for recycling ALL food waste, we are giving away a free reusable bag and roll of food caddy liners when a roll of food caddy liners is bought from the Town Hall of the Wiggenhall depot (wile stocks last). Caddy liners are £2.50 for each roll of 52.
Over a third of the contents of the black bins in Watford is food waste. Food waste costs more to dispose of than to recycle, the stickers are designed to as a reminder to residents to recycle food waste in their green-lidded bin meaning this waste can be turned into compost rather than thrown away.
No. All bins in your area now have stickers, We monitor all collected waste but generally not specific households.
Recycling in this way is good for the environment and saves money too.
Food and garden waste placed in the green-lidded bin is turned into compost and soil improver, instead of going into landfill.
If food waste goes into the black bin it costs more to get rid of, as well as harming the environment.
Food doesn’t rot down harmlessly in landfill it emits methane a harmful greenhouse gas 25 times stronger than CO2.
That’s brilliant and we want you to continue. Not all of our residents do, so the sticker serves as a reminder to all.
All food can be recycled including plate scrapings, meat/fish bones, mouldy bread and fruit/vegetable peelings.
Yes. You can collect one for free from Wiggenhall Depot on a Thursday afternoon or we can deliver it to you with a £5.50 delivery charge.
We sell biodegradable liners at the Town Hall and Wiggenhall depot - £2.50 for 52 liners. You can buy them from most supermarkets in Watford, including: Sainsbury’s, Asda and Tesco. Please ensure you use those bearing the seedling logo.
We are doing well, but there is always more we can do. Food waste currently makes up over 1/3 of household rubbish bins, so there is lots more we can do. Even those recycling regularly, may be able to do more.
No, it is still worth us collecting any amount of food even if your green-lidded bin isn’t full. The green bin collection crew have to visit your street on the scheduled collection day anyway so it doesn’t matter if your bin isn’t full, we will still collect it.
No amount is too small, why not start by recycling your tea bags and coffee grounds?
Your food and garden waste is recycled locally in Harefield. We use the in-vessel composting method;
- Composted in a tunnel for 2-4 weeks at warm temperatures
- Then removed and left to compost for a further 1 – 3 months with regular turning and checking
- Turned into compost and soil improver
You can use biodegradable liners or newspaper to contain your food so it doesn’t leak and make your bin dirty.
Flies lay their eggs onto a food source, so if the flies can’t get into contact with your food waste, you won’t get maggots.
Some tips to stop maggots;
- Wrap your food waste before putting it into the green-lidded bin
- Bury food waste below garden waste
- Keep your bin out of direct sunlight
- Keep the bin lid shut at all times
- If you use a kitchen caddy to store your food inside, keep the lid of this shut too
- Rinse out your bin regularly with boiling water and salt.
Using your green-lidded bin is no less hygenic than using your black bin. If you are really concerned about leaving it there for two weeks please try using the green bin for the week leading up to your collection.
Why not try it for a month and see if you can make it part of your daily routine. If you use a kitchen caddy you can just as easily scrape food into your caddy and when you take your usual bin bag out just take your food in a biodegradable bag out at the same time.
We currently provide weekly black bin refuse and weekly blue-lidded bin recycling services. Weekly collection services are expensive to provide however we are constantly looking at future service provisions.