Zero Waste Challenge 

Let's bin less, recycle more and help protect the environment.

A big thank you to everyone who is playing their part in recycling and reducing their general waste.
In just a year, you've managed to reduce the borough's general waste by 3%, brought the borough's food waste tonnage down 1% and reduced our overall waste flow by 11%.

Please note: Sign up for our Zero Waste Challenge has now closed.

5 quick and easy ways to start your zero waste journey

Here's just some of the ways each of us can improve our everyday habits, so that together we can help reduce waste further and change the impact we have on the environment.     

  1. Sign up for food waste collections
    If you haven't already,  sign up for our free food waste recycling service to recycle your food waste at home. It's simple to do and you get a free indoor kitchen caddy, outside caddy, and you can also register for automatic food waste bag deliveries. This service is available for houses and maisonettes with private gardens and we're in the process of trialling it in some flats, so we can expand the service to more residents in the near future. 

    Sign up for our food waste service
  2. Use reusable bags
    Save yourself money and reduce plastic waste by using a reusable bag when you shop.
  3. Donate and/or upcycle unwanted clothes, shoes and accessories
    Whether your clothes are good, bad or simply a bit dated, there are a number of ways you can give them a new lease of life!

    Find out more about recycling your textiles
  4. Carry out a waste audit
    Take a look around your home to see what currently fills up your rubbish. Is there food waste in your rubbish bag? Are you throwing away things that could be recycling - either through the council's recycling or other recycling initiatives.
  5. Take part in other recycling initiatives
    As well as the council's recycling services, there are a range of other initiatives, such as TerraCycle and Podback that provide recycling services for items such as medication blister packs, coffee pods, crisp packets and much more.  
Page last updated: 03 Oct 2022