Residents' food waste has so far powered 62 homes for a year (or the equivalent of watching Game of Thrones 72k times!)¹

Recycled food waste from Welwyn Hatfield residents has generated enough electricity to power 62 homes for a year, since the weekly collection service was introduced last November (2020).

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Food waste fills up over a third of black waste bins, wasting a valuable resource. If left unharnessed, it produces greenhouse gases, which are damaging to the environment. Separating out our food waste means that gases can be captured in the recycling process and converted into both green energy and natural fertilisers that can be used for farming.

To find out more about how this is done, check out our Icon for pdf Food Waste Infographic [11.21MB]

At the beginning of February, 565 tonnes of residents' food waste had been collected. It was then recycled to produce sufficient electricity to:

  • Power 62 homes for a year or
  • Boil 2,640,810 kettles or
  • Watch 5,281,620 hours of TV or
  • Run 880 fridge freezers for a year

And has produced 791 tonnes of fertiliser.

Executive Member, Environment and Planning, Councillor Stephen Boulton said:

 A very big thank you to everyone across the borough who has been using their little green caddies to recycle their food waste. In just three months, it is great to see what a difference you are already making to the environment, generating renewable energy to power our communities and providing fertilizer for local farmland. 

As we continue to look at ways we can improve our recycling rate and reduce waste in Welwyn Hatfield, we hope to be able to extend the food waste collection service to flats in the future.

For details on recycling your food waste, and to watch the video on the food waste journey from kerbside to renewable energy, see the council's website.


¹73 episodes in total, each one hour long. 5,281,620/73 = 72,350 hours.