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Food waste

What this includes:

Recycle, reuse or dispose

We do not provide a service for recycling food waste but we can collect unlimited quantities mixed with other residual rubbish for disposal every week. Any food waste we collect is incinerated, generating electricity for the National Grid. The ashes produced are recycled in cement for construction projects.

Reduce food waste

Reducing food waste and home composting as much as you can helps to reduce both environmental impacts and costs.

For example reducing the amount of food you buy that doesn't get eaten helps with your bills.

Less food thrown away means less impact on the environment from:

  • food production and distribution, and
  • collecting and disposing of it when it gets thrown away.

You can reduce food waste by making a shopping list and sticking to it. Find out more on how to reduce food waste, from the Love Food, Hate Waste website.

For information about composting, visit:


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To reduce the amount of food waste, you can install a food waste disposer (FWD). It is designed to fit under your kitchen sink, and it can:

  • help you get rid of food waste immediately and without leaving the kitchen.
  • grind all food waste (including bones)
  • reduces litter problems caused by scavenging animals attracted to food waste left out in bins and black sacks.

If you are a Wandsworth resident, you can get a 25% discount on the full range of Sinksation food waste disposers. To claim this discount, visit Sinksation with proof of your address (for example a council tax letter or recent utility bill) and quote "Wandsworth FWD offer". Find out more about how food waste disposers work.


Garden waste

What this includes:

Recycle, reuse or dispose

You can:

If you employ a gardener, any waste they produce is commercial waste. The gardener should cost the collection and disposal of this waste into the price they quote you unless it is to be composted on site.

Any garden waste we collect is incinerated, generating electricity for the National Grid.  The ashes produced are recycled in cement for construction projects.


See also

More about composting on Recycle Now