Waste less guide

Waste less food

We are on a mission to reduce the amount of food thrown away.

In Staffordshire, approximately 30 percent of everything thrown into the general waste bin is food. That is over half a tonne of food every year per household and a lot of this waste could have been avoided.

What happens to your food waste in Lichfield District?

Food waste goes into your black bin, which in turn goes to the energy waste plant along with all your general waste. Find out more.

Top tips for cutting down on food waste

  • Don’t over buy. Keep track of what you’ve bought and used. You could even take a ‘shelfie’ - a photo of your fridge and cupboards to remind you of what’s there.
  • Check the use-by dates of fresh food when you buy. These are the dates to take notice of, rather than the best-before dates. Only buy what you can use before it expires. Find out more about date labels.
  • Pick up loose items rather than pre-packed so you only buy what you will use.
  • Plan ahead. Think about what you’re going to cook and how you’ll use the leftovers. For ideas about how to use up leftover ingredients go to the Love Food Hate Waste website to generate recipes.
  • Set your fridge at below 5°C, don’t leave the door open and don’t put warm food in the fridge. More fridge tips.
  • Love your freezer. If you haven’t had time to eat it you might be able to freeze it up to the use by date.

Composting your unwanted food

Much of our uncooked kitchen waste and garden rubbish can easily be home composted.

Composting turns your kitchen and garden waste into a free nutrient rich food for your garden and can be used on the vegetable garden, flower beds or placed around trees to improve soil
structure and nutrient content.

If you decide to give it a go, to help you get started we are offering specially discounted compost equipment for a limited time for all residents in Staffordshire. Head over to GetComposting and
pop in your postcode.

You can order online or call 0844 571 4444 and quote reference SWP13L. Charges are made at the standard cost from a BT landline of 5p per minute, plus setup charge. Other providers may
charge more.