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Food waste questions and answers

Frequently asked questions about the food waste service which has ended.

What can I do with my food waste?

Please do not place food waste of any kind in your garden waste or recycling bins.

You can put food waste in your general waste bin, however, you may want to consider composting your leftover food at home. 

Normal garden waste composters can also be used to dispose of some food waste such as fruit and vegetable peelings. There are a range of composters available for Wolverhampton residents at subsidised rates. See our composting page for further details.

To cut down on your food waste you can also consider planning your food shopping and thinking about how you can use up your leftovers in other meals. The Love Food Hate Waste website contains many ideas on how to plan your shopping and meals, recipes to use your leftovers and further advice.

 

What is a food waste digester?

A food waste digester can be filled with biodegradable kitchen waste such as bones, meat, fish, bread, rice, cake and food that will break down. Food waste digesters go in the garden the same as compost bins. They offer an environmentally friendly way to dispose of your food waste, diverting it from landfill, and an end to smelly dustbins. They produce high quality, organic compost or liquid feed as an added benefit for your garden.

 

Are food waste digesters different to a compost bins?

Yes, food waste digesters are better insulated so they get 'hotter', they have better ventilation to improve air flow into the digester to breakdown food more quickly.

 

What is available through the food waste digester discount scheme?

The Green Johanna (330 litre) is designed to sit in a shady part of the garden. The temperature inside the Johanna will remain higher than the outside temperature. You can put all cooked and uncooked food waste, including vegetable scraps, meat, fish, bones and dairy produce, as well as a proportion of your garden waste (one part garden waste, two parts food is the ideal mix). It produces rich compost in a couple of months which can be used in the garden.

The Green Cone (80 litre) is designed to sit in a sunny position throughout the year on a well-drained garden and needs to be dug into the garden. You can put all cooked and uncooked food waste into the underground digestion chamber, but not garden waste. The degradation of the food happens below the ground level, reducing the contents to their natural components of water and carbon dioxide. These seep out into the surrounding garden and soil, therefore acting as natural, liquid fertiliser for your garden.

Wormeries: Creating a wormery is simple to do, and interesting and fun for kids. A tray structure allows easy access to the compost, and the liquid produced is collected from a tap in the raised base and can be diluted and used as feed for house plants.

 

How much do they cost?

The cost of each type of food waste digester or composter varies. As a City of Wolverhampton resident, you are entitled to a £30 discount on any of the food composting options

This offer is limited to 1 digester per address.

 

Where can I buy a food waster digester from?

You can purchase a unit directly from Go Composting at www.getcomposting.com   or by ringing 0800 316 4454.

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