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How you can prevent waste

You can sign up for a free 220 litre home compost bin either online at Get Composting, or by calling free on 0800 316 4454. This is on a first come first served basis.

Sending food waste to landfill is bad for the environment and for your pocket. A great way to reduce this environmental impact is to compost at home.

Composting is a free, natural process that transforms your fruit and vegetable peelings and garden waste into valuable nutrient-rich food for your garden. It will take your compost about a year to rot down, after which you’ll need to use it. It will be perfect for flower beds, growing plants in pots, or digging into your vegetable patch.

For more advice about composting, visit Recycle Now.

You can also visit Love Food Hate Waste for more tips on how to reduce food waste and save money.

We have teamed up with Real Nappies for London to promote reusable nappies as an alternative to single-use (disposable) nappies. We offer parents living in Enfield, with a baby under 18 months or parents-to-be, a £54.15 voucher to help with the initial cost of getting started using reusable nappies. The aim is to reduce the amount of nappy waste currently being disposed of in the borough.

Using reusable nappies can reduce your household rubbish and also save you money.

To apply for a voucher and for more information visit Real Nappies for London.

You can help the environment by reducing the junk mail you receive.

Ways to reduce junk mail

  • Ask to be removed from old mailing lists
  • Check the box asking not to be placed on mailing list when completing forms
  • Register for free with the Mailing Preference Service to remove your name and address from most mailing lists
  • Register with Royal Mail to reduce the amount of unaddressed mail 

We are part of the NLWA, which is responsible for helping us dispose of our rubbish. For more information visit NLWA

For more information on how you can reduce your waste, increase recycling, and find out about events in your area, visit Wise Up To Waste.

If you put the wrong items in your recycling bin or sack, all the items may be disposed of as rubbish. For more information on why it is important to put the right items into your recycling bin or sack, watch NLWA Contamination Animation - Wise up to Waste.

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Did you know that in the UK:

  • 13.5 billion 'five a day' portions are thrown away each year
  • 3.1 million slices of cheese are thrown away each day
  • In 2015 alone, £15 billion of edible food was thrown away from our homes
  • Every day 20 million whole slices of bread are thrown away, mostly because they are not used in time

Your food isn't rubbish

The simple steps below can help you save money and create less food waste. This also means less packaging and more room in the rubbish bins for things you really need to throw out, and is a lot easier than you might think.

  • Keep your fridge temperature between 0°C and 5°C
  • Pre-plan meals and make a shopping list to prevent you buying too much
  • Freeze food you think you might not be able to eat in time – fruit (including berries and bananas), bread and cheese can all be frozen
  • Get creative and make tasty meals from left overs

All information is from Love Food Hate Waste, where you can find more tips on how to reduce food waste and save money.

You can also share your recipes, photos and events by adding #lfhw_enfield to your social media posts on Instagram and Facebook.