Westminster City Council is encouraging households to make one small change to their everyday habits to reduce the waste they generate and increase how much they recycle.
Research suggests that food waste accounts for about 20% of household rubbish in Westminster, while recycling rates in the borough continue to hover at around 23%.
The message coincides with Zero Waste Week, a national campaign now in its seventh year which aims to help households cut down the amount they throw away and save money.
Simple changes which households are being encouraged to make include:
Throughout September and October Westminster residents are also being given the chance to do their bit for the environment while bagging something new.
Westminster City Council and its housing management arm CityWest Homes are hosting a number of ‘Give and Take’ events where residents can bring old or unwanted goods including clothes, toys, books and electrical items to local community centres. They will receive a token for every item they donate which can then be used to claim something in return.
The ‘Give and Take’ events are taking place at six venues across Westminster including Queen’s Park, Lillington and Longmoore and Churchill Gardens.
Local residents can also take a more active role in encouraging others to do their bit by volunteering as a Westminster recycling champion. Becoming a recycling champion requires no previous experience and can involve anything from displaying posters in the local area to organising swap shops and other events.