The Food Loop

Learn more about how our food waste is recycled and the important role we play in turning our food waste into compost.

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30% of the food we buy ends up in the bin

Food Waste

By using Obeo to separate your kitchen food waste you can prevent food waste going to landfill. When food waste is sent to landfill, it rots and releases the harmful greenhouse gas methane into the atmosphere and causes leachate which pollutes our rivers and soils.

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Good news! Soon all households will have an organic bin service.

Organic Bin

Obeo is designed for use with your organic bin. When used regularly you’ll notice how little waste goes into the residual bin. It makes sense for your pocket and the environment.

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Why are two different bins often emptied into the one truck? Some trucks have a split body that allows them to collect two waste streams in one pick-up

Waste Collection

It’s hard to know where your food waste goes once your organic bin is emptied into the truck. Rest assured it’s being delivered to one of the many industrial composters across the country. Food waste recycling is the most localised of all recycling methods unlike our plastics, paper and glass recycling that gets exported for reprocessing.

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Obeo helps the composting process by providing a source of carbon to balance the nitrogen heavy food waste, helping to make the perfect compost mix.

Industrial Composting

Your waste collector delivers the organic waste to the industrial composter. These are large enclosed units where food waste breaks down naturally and reaches temperatures of up to 70 degrees killing all bacteria. After 12 weeks the compost is mature and ready for sale. This is one of the simplest recycling processes using very little energy and resources.

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Compost made from food waste provides more long term benefits to soil than artificial fertilisers

Crop Growth

This nourishing compost is sold to local farmers, landscape architects, horticulturists and amateur gardeners. The compost derived from food waste is much more nutritious than the compost you buy in a garden centre. Best of all it’s locally made and you had a part in making it.

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Buying local produce helps the local economy and the environment.

Market Place

The farmers then use this compost to grow crops which are sold back into the supermarkets, thereby closing the food loop. Wouldn’t it be great to know which products in the supermarket were grown using compost made up of your nutritious food waste?

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Food Waste

And so the food waste cycle starts again. As you know up to a third of the food you buy in the supermarket could end up in the bin. Help keep this food in the loop by using Obeo along with your organic bin service.

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