In the UK we throw away 7 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year, the majority of which could have been eaten. Food that goes into landfill, rots down and produces methane - a powerful greenhouse gas which contributes to climate change.

To reduce the food you throw away and save money visit

In Bath and North East Somerset collected food waste is anaerobically digested generating renewable energy and providing compost for local farms. Find out more about our food waste collection service and how you can recycle your food waste.

The Council’s Waste Campaigns Team work to let people know about our services and why it’s so important to reduce, re-use and recycle waste.

Food redistribution projects

There are a number of local projects that redistribute edible surplus food helping to alleviate food poverty and reduce waste:Fareshare redistribution

  • Bath FoodCycle:  A charity that combines volunteers, surplus food and spare kitchen spaces to create tasty, nutritious meals for people at risk of food poverty and social isolation.
  • Olio: A free app to share edible surplus food with your community
  • Neighbourly Food: An online portal to match surplus food from businesses with community groups and charities to reduce waste and help alleviate food poverty.
  • Fareshare SouthWest: A charity redistributing edible surplus food to charities, projects and organisations across the South West


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