Northampton residents encouraged to make food recycling one of their new year's resolutions

Published: Monday, 20 January 2020

Northampton Borough Council and Veolia are encouraging residents to use up or recycle their leftover food to help reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill.

As part of the ongoing campaign, residents are being urged to freeze items for use on another day or to cook up new recipes to use up the leftovers. Ideas for new recipes can be gained from , which regularly posts new dish ideas such as potato peel soup, lemon chicken slow cooker tagine and baked stuffed apples.

Weekly food waste collections are available for anyone who still has food waste to dispose of. If you don’t have a small inside kitchen caddy or a larger outside caddy, you can order one via our container request form.

Kitchen caddies can be used to recycle leftover, mouldy or out-of-date food, including plate scrapings, mouldy bread, tea bags and coffee grounds and vegetable peelings and fruit rinds.

Food waste caddies are collected once a week, if presented with your other bins, on your scheduled collection day.

As an added incentive, residents can sign up to take part in the ‘In to Win’ scheme at, which is organised by the Northamptonshire Waste Partnership. As part of the scheme, members can win prizes on a monthly basis or they can choose to donate the cash equivalent to their local food bank just by presenting their food waste caddy weekly.    

Once collected, food waste is taken to a special facility that turns the waste into green energy and a compost like material called biofertiliser. This material is then spread on local farmland and the gas produced in the process is used for heat and power.

Councillor Mike Hallam, Cabinet member for environment, said: “We are happy to see the increasing number of residents that are trying to minimise the amount of waste going into the landfill by regularly recycling their food waste, but there are still pockets in the town that don’t, and we want to change that.

“As well as promoting different ways to use up food and getting more residents signed up to the food recycling service, we will be working with Veolia over the coming weeks and months to ensure residents have all the information they need to help them recycle more this year.”

Keith McGurk, Regional Director for Veolia, said: “Residents are doing a great job of recycling their waste and we want to thank them for it. By promoting the food waste services in Northampton, we’d like to continue increasing the number of residents who recycle their food waste. By taking a few minutes to put the right thing in the right bin, bag or box, it means that there is less waste sent to landfill which is great news for the environment.”