Recycle for London will be at Sainsbury’s in Camden today 21st April, where they will be encouraging visitors to recycle their household food waste.
The stall will attempt to persuade shoppers to jump on a ‘smoothie bike’ that uses pedal power to drive a blender, producing fresh fruit smoothies and demonstrating the connection between green energy and food.
The event is visiting different boroughs in London, yesterday it stopped by Wembley Sainsbury’s in Brent; today the campaign comes to Camden to raise awareness of the importance of recycling household food waste.
Food waste recycled by Camden residents is processed and turned into compost for farmers, and the borough aims to recycle 40% of waste by 2020. Recent calculations show that it cost £1.4 million to dispose of food waste in Camden last year.
Ali Moore, Campaign Manager at Recycle for London, said:
“With a weekly food waste collection provided by the local council, recycling food waste in Camden couldn’t be easier and has a hugely positive impact on the environment. By taking the simple step of putting food scraps in your kitchen caddy, you can be confident you’re helping to generate green energy and put all that waste to good use.”
The importance of food waste recycling is something that is also being taught to local children across the borough in schools through initiatives such as those in The Cavendish School for Girls in Camden.
Ebru Harrison, Teacher at The Cavendish School for Girls, said:
“We recycle all food waste from the school kitchen and have food bins in the playground to make recycling as easy as possible for the children and staff. It’s great that recycled food waste in Camden is put to such good use by becoming compost, and we’re pleased to be playing our part to help the borough meet its 40% recycling target by 2020.”
Recycle for London and Sainsbury’s are running similar ‘smoothie bike’ events in four other London boroughs to help raise awareness of weekly food waste collection services.
Paul Crewe, Head of Sustainability – Energy, Engineering & Environment for Sainsbury’s, said:
“We all hate seeing food thrown away, which is why we’re working with communities across the UK to help reduce food waste. However there are always going to be some instances where food goes in the bin, which is where food recycling comes into play. By disposing of items in a food waste bin, you can help create green, renewable energy, so our towns will be running on rubbish.”
For full details on what food waste you can recycle and to find out how your waste is converted to energy, visit: Recycle for London