Households are given a small caddy for collecting food waste in the kitchen, and a larger container for putting it out for collection.
If your food waste goes in your rubbish bin it could end up in landfill where it rots and releases methane, a damaging greenhouse gas 25 times more powerful than carbon dioxide. However, by recycling your food waste in your food caddy the methane is collected and converted into biogas and used to generate electricity and heat homes.
Around 7 million tonnes of food is thrown away by households in the UK every year. Over a year the average family throws away around £700 of food shopping, equivalent to an annual utility bill. Some waste is unavoidable, made up of things like peelings, cores and bones, but the majority is, or once was, perfectly good food.
To find out how to reduce food waste and save money, visit Love food hate waste website.