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Food waste

Dudley Council does not currently operate a food waste collection service. However the government has recently announced that it will legislate to ensure that every local authority provides householders with separate food waste collections by 2023. 

The composting of food waste through anaerobic digestion produces renewable energy and reduces the UK’s dependence on fossil fuels and its carbon emissions.

The process is called anaerobic because it takes place in the absence of oxygen. Like composting, it is a natural process dependent on the micro-organisms that digest organic waste.

We will update you further as soon as the government announces its legislation timescales.

In the meantime we can all make small changes to help reduce food waste, including:


  • Plan our shopping so that we don’t buy too much food

  • Plan our meals so that food doesn’t go out of date

  • Be disciplined with portion sizes so that nothing is left uneaten on the plate

  • Use the freezer more effectively, leftovers can be reused another day

  • Create meals using leftovers – see for loads of recipes


For more tips, helpful ideas and information take a look at

We recognise that, despite our best intentions, some food waste goes into your wheeled bin. Food waste that goes into the black wheelie bin is currently sent to our Energy from Waste plant and burnt for energy recovery. The energy harvested from this process goes back in to the grid and can be used to power local businesses and homes.

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These composters are similar in appearance to a normal compost unit but with much better functionality, the principal difference being that the Johanna takes all food waste, cooked and uncooked, and turns it into compost within six months.   The Johanna’s unique, patented aeration system and thicker wall sections ensure that temperatures inside the composter are kept evenly high, whilst its sealed built-in base facilitates aeration, insulation and protects against rats and other vermin.


You can even put your garden waste in with your plate scrapings, tea bags, chicken bones, fish and other food waste. The hot composter is easy to use and will recycle your waste material into nutrient rich compost for you to put back on your garden.  This is good for your garden and will save you from purchasing compost.


The units normally sell for £129, however we are offering the Green Johanna ‘Hot composters’ for £89.99 (including delivery).

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To order your Green Johanna hot composter call 0800 731 2572 or go to the website:

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