LIVEBLOG: Compost Celebration and Giveaway

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Tomorrow we’ll be liveblogging from the Compost Celebration and Giveaway in Willesden.

As part of compost awareness month, West London Waste have teamed up with Brent Council’s waste and recycling partner, Veolia, to host this year’s giveaway.

We’ll be speaking to experts in Roundwood Park to get tips on composting, food recycling and reducing food waste at home.

10 tonnes of compost is due to be delivered and residents will be able to take home up to 100 litres free- but don’t forget to bring your spade!

Field to Fork, a North West London based cooperative committed to sustainable food production, will also be talking to us about their local, seasonal produce and plans to engage with the community by offering jobs and training to local people.

Read our liveblog here.

By Hollie Goodall

Here are some of the highlights:

  • 10 tonnes of compost were given out to the local residents at Roundwood Park in Willesden from 10am-3pm on Sunday 24th May.
  • The compost has been produced from garden and kitchen waste from different local authorities, including Harrow and Hounslow.
  • Experts from West London Waste and Keep Britain Tidy gave tips on composting and reducing food waste.
  • The day was also joined by Field to Fork Organics, who talked about their local seasonal produce and sharing advice on how to run your own allotment.
  • The next giveaway will be in Hounslow, from 10am-3pm on Saturday 30th May.

By Su-Min Hwang

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Livebloggers: Su-Min and Hollie

Storify edited by Su-Min Hwang and Hollie Goodall

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ROUNDUP: 10 Food Friendly Feeds You Should Be Following on Twitter for #foodwaste across London

For all you London foodies looking to save money and chuck away less of your precious grub, being able to find local food-save events and recipe tips at the click of a mouse is an invaluable tool. While researching more about exactly what’s going on in London to combat the food waste issue, I compiled a list of the top 10 twitter feeds showing what’s not to be missed and who exactly to keep an eye on. So here are the important foodie feeds:

1. Food Cycle Pie in the Sky @FoodCycleCafe

This community café in East London is open Monday to Friday and caters city-wide!  It’s no-waste philosophy is reflected in every event, meal and piece of advice its people provide. Dedicated staff at Food Cycle also train volunteers to build up their skills and foodie expertise to transfer into jobs. So whether you’re looking to develop your own skills, or simply chill out with a coffee and a brownie, (delicious by the way, and a steal at £1.50) Pie in the Sky is the place to do it.

2. Love Food Hate Waste @LFHW_UK

This company are all about wasting less and saving US money – what’s not to love?! Love Food Hate Waste are all about the 2 P’s Portion and Planning. Their twitter feed is a daily frenzy of the latest updates about food saving initiatives across the UK, with a hive of activity in London. And of course – it is positively brimming with wholesome, tasty leftover recipe ideas to soothe your soul and belly – not to mention bank balance! So go on, share the love.

3. West London Waste @WestLondonWaste

Attention all West Londoners! Now the fine people at West London Waste really care about their grub! Whether it’s biking their way all day long to 2nd chance smoothies at Richmond May Fair (I went along and, trust me, it’s no mean feat!), celebrating compost giveaway or giving simple advice on how to #saveaspud these people care about food. So we at FindersEaters care about them. Check their twitter for upcoming events and volunteering opportunities.

4. The Rubbish Diet @therubbishdiet

Dubbed ‘the UK’s first slimming club for bins, helping you to halve your waste in just two steps’, The Rubbish Diet are taking the UK, and especially London, by storm, offering public events and top tips that can help you recycle more, save money and be a savvy shopper. You can also sign up to their website to take a two-step email challenge to slim down your bin. Think Weight Watchers but without the choc cravings!

5. The Dinner Exchange East @DinnerexchangeE

#Upcycling #foodwaste has never been easier with this lavish lot! Aiming to generate debate around food waste, they hold events across London offering music, entertainment, and 3-course vegan meals fit for a king. Leftovers never tasted so good! You can book online in advance via the twitter page or check out their website here.

6. Save The Date Café @savethedatecafe

‘London’s first egalitarian eatery’ is located in Dalston. Open until 2.30 most days for lunch, they offer lots of tasty fresh fruit and veg for you to take away on a ‘pay as you feel’ basis. You can check out audio from the Save The Date Café Launch here at Finders Eaters, or for more information visit their Facebook page.

7. Plan Zheros @PlanZheros

Based at Kings Cross, Plan Zheros is a charity which links up shops and restaurants which have surplus food to organisations who distribute it to those in need. Their twitter feed is all about sustainable living and leftover recipe demos – so keep a close eye on it for food events near you. Borough Market is a popular venue!

8. Brixton People’s Kitchen @BrixtonPK

Just what it says on the tin! Surplus food for all – and they’ve now built a mobile kitchen on a bike (Yes, you read that right) to hold foodie events in South London.

9. Snact @SnactNow

Founded in Brixton and Hackney Wick, Snact have been ‘taking a bite out of food waste and food poverty’ in and around London. Check out their delicious healthy snacks and where to find them – all made from surplus food!

10. Finders Eaters @finderseaters_

And finally…as the cliché goes – we hate to brag but we think we’re pretty awesome too!

EVENT Love Food Hate Waste @ Richmond May Fair 2015!

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Image Credit: Paul Robertson

Join our live coverage joining @WestLondonWaste on Saturday 9th at The Richmond May Fair 2015! On behalf of the Love Food Hate Waste campaign (@LFHW_UK), the team at West London Waste will be on site providing handy hints and tips to help you make the most of your grub! The team will also be offering the chance to get fit by biking your way to a free fruity fibre juice – using fruit volunteered by the people which would have otherwise been dumped.

Ready…Set…Pulp!!

Finders Eaters Amy Brawn (Me!) getting set to Pedal Pump the way to a delicious 2nd Chance Smoothie from fruit which would have gone to waste…

The Event

I spoke to the lovely people behind it all at the Richmond May Fair – the teams at West London Waste and Love Food Hate Waste arrived at the fair early, working hard to turn one man’s rubbish into another man’s gold!

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 The Team

Sarah Kersey of The Rubbish Diet ( @RubbishdietWL) and Samantha Gibbons and Roger St Paul of West London Waste (@WestLondonWaste) were the food friendlies in charge!

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Recap:

  • Leftover food from the day was put into boxes and the West London Waste team asked people to take it home for themselves.
  • Sam Gibbons headed up the smoothie-making!
  • The guests got fit, had fun, and were filled to the brim with fibre-filled treats thanks to @WestLondonWaste.
  • It was a lively, light-hearted event with a serious message.
  • Thank you to @WestLondonWaste, @LFHW_UK and @LBRUT for hosting!

Cropped Amy LargeFor more excitement from the day and handy tips like how to make your potatoes last longer – listen to my full interviews with @WestLondonWaste‘s own Samantha Gibbons and Roger St Paul here!