Food waste recycling trial

Westminster City Council is introducing a food waste recycling trial for some residents in autumn 2019. This trial will be for around 7,500 households and may expand further in the future. 

Around 30 per cent of the rubbish that we throw away in Westminster is food waste. By using the new service, all your food waste can be recycled which will help reduce our impact on the environment.

The food waste collected will be sent for processing to a plant in Hertfordshire, England. The plant will use the food waste to produce biogas (used to generate electricity and heat) and biofertiliser which will be used on local farmland. 

If your property is part of this trial, you will receive a leaflet through your door and a visit from our team to explain how to use the service. 

Food waste collections will vary depending on your property type. 

1. What can I put in my food bin?

What can I put in my food bin?

  • food waste - such as plate scrapings
  • dairy foods - such as cheese, yoghurt
  • bread and pastries 
  • meat and bones
  • tea bags and coffee grounds 
  • fruit and vegetables
  • rice, pasta and beans 

What can't I put in my food bin?

  • packaging of any kind 
  • liquids, such as milk 
  • oil and liquid fat 
  • plastic bags 
  • garden waste
  • any material that is not food waste

2. How do I use my kitchen bin?

Line your kitchen bin with one of the special liners provided by Westminster City Council and put your food waste in it.
Whenever you need to empty the kitchen bin, tie the top of the liner and take the liner (depending on your property type) to:

  • your outside food bin, or
  • your building’s/ estate’s outside food bin

Please see the kerbside collections/housing estates and mansions blocks sections below for further information.

Westminster City Council provides liners for kitchen bins to residents for free. Before the service starts, we will deliver the kitchen bin and a roll of liners to you. If you need more liners, please email: foodwaste@westminster.gov.uk and allow five days for delivery.

Our liners are made with 100 per cent recycled plastic. The liners are used to maintain cleanliness of the food waste bins and enable it to be collected hygienically. Our food waste is sent for Anaerobic Digestion (AD) processing, and as such all liners are removed before treatment. The removed liners are not sent to landfill but to an energy-from-waste power station where they are used as fuel to generate electricity. Therefore, there are no environmental benefits in using biodegradable or compostable liners as they will be removed before processing. As our liners are made with 100 per cent post-consumer recycled waste content- we are using a closed loop recycled material, rather than relying on biodegradable liners which are made using virgin materials.

 

3. Housing estates

If you live in one of the housing estates listed below, we will start collecting your food waste from the week commencing 4 November 2019. 

Estates included in the trial include:

  • Peabody Estate (Vauxhall Bridge Road)
  • Ebury Estate
  • Peabody Avenue and Close
  • Churchill Gardens Estate
  • Tachbrook Estate

During the week of 28 October 2019, we will deliver to your property:

  • one kitchen bin
  • one roll of liners.

Our teams will also be knocking on your door to speak to you in person about this service. 

From Monday 4 November you will be able to use the outside food bins on your estate.

What is changing?

  • food waste recycling: we are introducing a food waste recycling service for your estate
  • you will a special bin and liners to use just for your food waste.

Each flat will have their own indoor kitchen bin. You will then need to take for your food waste in a liner to your nearest outside food bin on your estate.

Your new food waste containers

  • kitchen bin (7 litres) to use in your kitchen to collect your food waste
  • liners: these are provided to you for free. You must only use the liners provided by the council in your indoor kitchen bin.
  • outside food bin: your building will have a food waste bin for all residents to share

4. Mansion blocks

If you live in one of the blocks of flats included in our trial, we will start collecting your food waste from the week commencing 11 November 2019. 

The following buildings are included in our trial:

  • 3 Merchant Square, London, W2 1AZ
  • 5 Harbet Road, London, W2 1JS
  • 11 Harbet Road, London, W2 1AJ
  • Munkenbeck Building & Marshall Building, 5 Hermitage Street, London, W2 1PW
  • No. 4 - Block A, 4 Merchant Square, London, W2 1AN
  • No. 4 - Block B, 4 Merchant Square, London, W2 1AN
  • Dudley House, N Wharf Road, London, W2 1LE
  • Violet Hill House, Abercorn Place, London, NW8 9XT
  • 110 Hamilton Terrace, London, NW8 9UP
  • Simon Court, Saltram Crescent, London, W9 3JA
  • 14-18 Fermoy Road, London, W9 3NH
  • Hamilton Hall, 119 Hamilton Terrace, London, NW8 9QT
  • Marlborough Lodge, Hamilton Terrace, London, NW8 9UU
  • St Marks Court, 39 Abercorn Place, London, NW8 9AN
  • 51-55 Marlborough Hill, London, NW8 0NG
  • La Residence, 38A Marlborough Hill, London, NW8 0PE

During the week of November 4 2019, we will deliver to your property:

  • one kitchen bin
  • one roll of liners.

Our teams will also be knocking on your door to speak to you in person about this service. 

From Monday November 11 you will be able to use your building’s food recycling bins.  

What is changing?

  • food waste recycling: we are introducing a food waste recycling service for your mansion block
  • you will a special bin and liners to use just for your food waste.

Each flat will have their own indoor kitchen bin. You will then need to take for your food waste in a liner to your nearest food bin in your building. Please ask your porter/ building manager for further information.  

Your new food waste containers

  • kitchen bin (7 litres) to use in your kitchen to collect your food waste
  • liners: these are provided to you for free. You must only use the liners provided by the council in your indoor kitchen bin.
  • outside food bin: your building will have a food waste bin for all residents to share

5. Kerbside collections

If you live in a house or a house converted into flats and your street is part of our trial area, we will start collecting your food waste from the week commencing 18 November 2019. 

Streets included in the trial include:

  • Abercorn Place
  • Belgrave Gardens
  • Blenheim Terrace
  • Bradiston Road
  • Croxley Road
  • Denholme Road
  • Fermoy Road
  • Fordingley Road
  • Hamilton Terrace
  • Hormead Road
  • Loudoun Road
  • Macroom Road
  • Marlborough Hill 
  • Marlborough Place
  • Saltram Crescent

Please note: if you live in a large block of flats on any of these streets your food waste collection service may not start until later in November 2019. 

During the week of 11 November 2019, we will deliver to your property:

  • one kitchen bin
  • one roll of liners
  • outside food bin.

Our teams will also be knocking on your door to speak to you in person about this service. 

What is changing?

  • food waste recycling: we are introducing a weekly food waste recycling service for your home
  • special bin: you will receive special bins and liners, which you should use in your kitchen just for food waste.
  • collections: all your waste including rubbish, mixed recycling and food recycling will be collected once a week, on the same day. 

You will no longer receive two rubbish collections per week as you now will receive a weekly food recycling service. 

Your new food waste containers

  • kitchen bin (7 litres) to use in your kitchen to collect your food waste
  • liners- these are provided to you for free. You must only use the liners provided by the council in your indoor kitchen bin. 
  • outside food bin (23 litres).

Each household will have their own indoor kitchen bin. However, depending on your property you may be given an outside food bin to share with your neighbours or an individual outside bin for your household. For example, if you live in a house converted into three flats you will receive one outside food bin to share with your neighbours.

If you would prefer to have your own outside food bin (rather than share with your neighbours), please email us and we’ll ensure another bin is delivered: foodwaste@westminster.gov.uk

6. Contact us

Please email: foodwaste@westminster.gov.uk to contact us about any of the following enquiries about food waste recycling:

  • missing indoor ktichen bins/ outside food bins.
  • questions about how to use the service.
  • ordering indoor food bin liners.
  • enquiries about sharing outside food bins with your neighbours/ requests for individual outside food bins.
  • ordering ‘this bin belongs to’ stickers for outside food bins.

Last updated: 18 November 2019