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Food waste recycling expansion

About the expansion

We introduced a food waste recycling trial service for around 7,000 households during autumn 2019 and this service has continued to run ever since, collecting over 700 tonnes of food waste to be recycled in total. Following the success of the trial, we will be expanding the service to every home in Westminster over the course of the next 12 months where suitable.

What is changing?

Food waste recycling is an important part of increasing the amount of waste we recycle, which reduces our impact on the environment and helps to tackle climate change. We’d like to thank all our residents who have used the service so far.

The trial food waste service is becoming a permanent service in early 2022 for any household that already receives this service.

Additionally, we are expanding the number of properties that currently receive the service through a phased approach. Over the next 12 months, all households in Westminster will have access to a food waste recycling service where suitable.

Please complete our online form to receive updates about expanding our food waste recycling service.

Timings- phase four

We are starting to expand the service to phase four wards.

From the end of January 2023, suitable households in Westbourne (South - south of Westway), Bayswater, Lancaster Gate, Hyde Park and Knightsbridge and Belgravia wards will start to receive the new food waste recycling service in a staggered approach.

If your property is included in phase four, you will receive direct communication, such as a letter or a leaflet, detailing when your property will start to receive the food waste recycling service.

Timings - phase three

We have expanded the service to phase three wards.

From November 2022, suitable households in the following wards started to receive the new food waste recycling service:

If your property is included in this third phase, you will receive direct communication, such as a letter or a leaflet, detailing when your property will start to receive the food waste recycling service.

Timings - phase two

We have started to expand the service to phase two wards.

From May 2022 suitable households in the following wards started to receive the new food waste recycling service:

  • Westbourne ward, residential properties north of A40, Westway only - service started the week commencing 23 May 2022
  • Church Street ward - service started the week commencing 6 June 2022
  • Maida Vale ward - service started the week commencing 12 September 2022
  • Little Venice ward - service started the week commencing 10 October 2022

If your property is included in this second phase, you will receive direct communication (such as a letter or a leaflet) detailing when your property will start to receive the food waste recycling service.

Timings - phase one

The council is expanding its current food waste recycling service through a phased approach.

Phase one of the expansion is now complete.

From the end of February 2022 suitable households in these wards started to receive the new food waste recycling service:

  • Abbey Roa, collections started the week commencing 28 February 2022
  • Regent's Park, collections started the week commencing 14 March 2022
  • Queen's Park, collections started the week commencing 28 March 2022
  • Harrow Road, collections started the week beginning 11 April 2022

Any households not initially included in the expansion within these wards will be offered another way to recycle their food waste. The main reason for a property not to be offered food waste recycling is in relation to space limitations for a suitable bin. If your household is one of these properties and you would like further information, please contact the Recycling Team by emailing: [email protected]

Why are we doing this?

Around 30% of the rubbish that we throw away is food waste. By using the new service, your food waste can be recycled, which will help reduce our impact on the environment and helps to tackle climate change.

Everything collected is sent for processing in an anaerobic digestion plant in Hertfordshire, England. This plant uses food waste to create biogas, a renewable energy source used to generate electricity to power the national grid, and heat homes. This plant will also transform the food waste into a biofertiliser, which will be used on farmland to grow more food.

For information about our commercial food waste recycling services for businesses visit our webpage.