Diners of Dalston. Consumers of Clapton. Munchers of the Marshes and scoffers of Stoke Newington…you get the picture. It is time to join the Hackney Food recycling experiment by going green by binning blue.
Hackney Council has launched a campaign to encourage residents to save the borough £1 million by recycling their food waste. Food accounts for nearly one-third of all waste being thrown out and in Hackney, 18,000 tonnes of food is thrown away per year – enough to fill up the London Fields Lido every week. Yet rather than fill the Lido and sabotage swimmers’ morning breast-stroke with unwanted scraps, all of this waste could be easily recycled and composted, which can then be turned into inexpensive renewable energy and used in allotments, community groups and parks across Hackney.
Hackney’s Food Recycling Experiment want to shatter the illusion that recycling food waste is a difficult, filthy and time-consuming process by showing residents that it’s actually easier and more hygienic to recycle food waste by putting them into a blue composting caddy, rather than a big kitchen bin.
Cllr Feryal Demirci, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods added: “Having a small caddy which is emptied regularly is much cleaner than having one large bin with food and other rubbish mixed together. When you separate your food waste from other rubbish you can see how much food you throw away, which encourages you to only buy and cook the food you need.”
As a further incentive (but what can be more of an incentive than helping maintain a clean and green environment) the council are urging residents who have never recycled their food before to join the experiment and send in their recycling results via social media. By using the #HackneyFood, people can send in their tips, talk about their experience or visually document their activity with tagged posts across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Recycling in Hackney has stagnated, remaining at 25% since 2009, so a scheme like this is important, not only to to save the borough £1 million a year in disposal costs – money which can be used to improve local services – but also to encourage a more healthy and sustainable food system in the area. Separating food waste from residual waste will make a huge difference to the amount being placed into bins and ending up in the landfill, which causes serious detrimental problems to the environment.
If we all adopt this recycling approach endorsed by Hackney Council, recycling food waste can swiftly become a habitual part of everyday life – so what are you waiting for – if you haven’t already, head here, order your blue waste bin, join the experiment and turn that food waste into renewable energy.