Some of the food we throw away is unavoidable - food we can't eat like banana skins, peelings, teabags, bones, or eggshells.
Instead of throwing it straight into the kitchen bin, you can help the environment by using a food waste collection service or you can compost much of it.
How to compost food waste at home
You can compost some food waste in a composting bin or heap at home. Add them to any garden waste you compost.
- Fruit and vegetable peelings and scraps
- Tea bags
- Coffee grounds
- Cooked food
- Meat and fish
- Dairy products
- Baked goods
These will attract vermin as they rot.
You can find a range of compost bins at most garden centres or online. Some compost bins will be suitable for more foods than others. Always follow the instructions for use.
Did you know?
In a year, Scotland throws away fruit and vegetables equal to 1 billion portions of our 5-a-day - thats 4 portions per person per week.