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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 2022 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, and 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 from 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 approached. By the end of 2022 all households in Westminster will have access to a food waste recycling service where suitable.

Please complete our online form to receive updates about the expansion of our 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 Road, collections started the week commencing February 28 2022
  • Regent's Park, collections started the week commencing March 14 2022
  • Queen's Park, collections started the week commencing March 28 2022
  • Harrow Road, collections started the week commencing April 11 2022

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

Timing- phase two

We will shortly be starting to expand the service to phase two wards.

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

  • Westbourne ward, north only, residential properties north of A40, Westway - service starting the week commencing May 23 2022
  • Church Street ward - service starting the week commencing June 6 2022
  • Maida Vale ward

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.

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 the food waste to create biogas, a renewable energy source used to generate electricity to power the national grid, and heat for 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.