A team from Barnet Council are tackling tonnes of food waste with a new campaign, setting up stalls in local supermarkets.

Barnet Council’s Recycling Team spoke to residents at Waitrose and Sainsbury’s stores last week to give information about how to better recycle their leftovers.

Around 35% of the average Barnet bin contains food waste that could have been recycled, equalling approximately 20,000 tonnes each year across the borough.

Chairman of Barnet Council’s Environment Committee Cllr Dean Cohen said: “We’ve had a fantastic response from residents who are keen to encourage friends and family to start recycling their food waste – it really makes a difference.”

The recycling process takes place in East London, where the food waste is processed and the gases produced are converted into heat and electricity.

For more information about recycling visit www.barnet.gov.uk/foodwaste