Enjoy food, recycle the scraps

Diwali celebrations begin on Sunday, 30 October with families and friends lighting up the borough’s sky with colourful fireworks followed by Halloween on Monday, 31 and Bonfire Night on Saturday, 5 November. While enjoying the festivities safely, residents are being asked to remember to recycle as much leftover food, packaging and rubbish as they can.

Residents should use their blue bins to recycle things like cardboard, plastic bottles, metal tins and foil. They can also recycle glass jars and some food and drink cartons. Containers and bottles will need to be washed to remove any food residue and lids need to be removed. The new collection system means the mixed recycling will be sorted after it has been collected.

They can also use their green food waste bin to recycle any leftover food to avoid it going into landfill with regular household rubbish. Food waste that ends up in landfill breaks down and produces methane, a gas that contributes to global warming. However recycled food scraps can be sent to a special processing plant where it is turned into electricity that is fed back into the national grid and used to power homes.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure, said: “We have made some fantastic progress with recycling across the borough, and these festivities are a great opportunity to improve on that. Recycling food waste is easy; all you need is a container in the kitchen to collect your scraps and your green food waste bin outside to throw it all in for your weekly collection.”

Fireworks - the law
With thousands of fireworks being sold across the borough over the next couple of weeks, the council is also urging residents to stay safe while they enjoy the festivities.

  • It is illegal to set off or throw fireworks (including sparklers) in the street or other public places. The maximum fine is £5,000 or six months in prison
  • Fireworks must not be sold to any person under 18 years old
  • Under national legislation, it is an offence to set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am, except for Bonfire Night, when the cut off is midnight; or Diwali, New Year’s Eve and Chinese New Year, when the cut off is 1am.