Adur and Worthing Councils Launches Food Waste Competition

Adur & Worthing Councils is giving away hot composting bins as part of Food Waste Action Week 2024.

Residents are being asked to send in their top tips for reducing food waste at home for a chance to win one of six hot composting bins.

By heating the waste up to 60°C, hot bins can turn food waste into compost in 30 to 90 days. The councils have been given six hot bins (three large and three small) by West Sussex County Council and want to give residents the opportunity to start composting at home.

The benefits of hot bins include:

  • good quality compost for the garden

  • the fluid that can be drained from the base of the unit is a liquid fertiliser and has great benefits for plants and flowers

  • less food going in the waste bin

According to the charity Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), in the UK we throw away 6.5 million tonnes of food from our homes each year – enough to feed the entire population three meals-a-day for 11 weeks. In Adur and Worthing food waste makes up approximately 40% of the average refuse bin – around 28% of which could have been eaten.

As part of Food Waste Action Week 2024, WRAP will be sharing plenty of tips on how to reduce food waste via the Love Food Hate Waste website. Adur & Worthing Councils want to hear what households in the area are already doing to limit the amount of food going into their bins.

Residents can send in their tips by emailing help.aws@adur-worthing.gov.uk and typing ‘hot bin competition’ into the subject line by Monday 8th April 2024. The winning tips will be shared on the councils’ website and social media channels in early May.

Climate Resilience Centre Worthing (CREW) will also have lots of information on reducing food waste and advice for people who want to start composting on display at its South Street base during Food Waste Action Week.

Cllr Emma Evans, Adur’s cabinet member for the environment and leisure, said: “Hot bins turn food waste – including cooked food, meat, fish and dairy – and garden waste into quality compost, but they are not cheap to buy. We are pleased to be able to give away these bins to six lucky residents, but we’re equally looking forward to hearing some inventive ways to reduce the amount of food wasted in our homes each week.”

Cllr Vicki Wells, Worthing’s cabinet member for the environment, said: “It’s a priority for Worthing to have a food waste collection service and we urge the government to provide full funding needed to deliver it. In the meantime officers are working hard to enable greater community composting and Food Waste Action Week has lots of advice on how to reduce the amount of food going to waste and tips for saving money on food bills too.”

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