National Food Waste Recycling Week 2023

National Food Waste Recycling Week

National Food Waste Recycling week was 5th – 11th June 2023. The week was to raise awareness of the imrtance of recycling all food waste. Food Waste makes compost for garden

In Fingal we gave away 2000 free food waste caddies from 12 of our Hub Community Centres

We generally have about three caddy giveaways per year so keep a eye on our social media for details.

food waste caddy
  1. Mulhuddart Community Centre, Church Rd, Buzzardstown, Dublin 15, D15 R2VF, Phone: (01) 821 5120
  2. Mountview Youth and Community Centre, Lohunda Downs, Coolmine, Dublin 15, (01) 821 8665
  3. Ongar Community Centre  15 Ongar Distributor Road, Ongar Village, Dublin 15, D15 VR72  email  [email protected]    Phone: (01) 826 0366
  4. Donabate Portrane Community & Leisure Centre, 3 Portrane Rd, Ballalease North, Donabate, Co. Dublin, K36 FY26 Phone: (01) 843 4546
  5. Our Balbriggan Main Office, Georges Square, Balbriggan, email:  [email protected]
  6. Flemington Community Centre, Hamlet Ln, Balbriggan, (01) 841 5070
  7. Applewood Community Centre, Castleview Lawn / Bunbury Gate Road, Swords, Co. Dublin, Phone: 353 (01) 807 9582, Email:   [email protected]
  8. Holywell Community Centre, Holywell Ave, Holywell, Swords, Co. Dublin, (01) 897 1010
  9. Rivervalley Community Centre, River Valley Rd, River Valley, Swords, Co. Dublin, K67 T6T7, (01) 840 9018

For information on the National Food Waste Recycling Week please visit


Canal Way E.T.N.S, Dublin 8 students

National Food Waste Recycling Week 2023


Now in its second year, the National Food Waste Recycling Week will run from the 5th until the 11th June 2023. This campaign, managed by will provide practical advice, with easy to follow hints and tips to encourage everyone to recycle more of their food waste.

 In Ireland, we waste about 800,000 tonnes of food each year, according to current best estimates. Growing, processing and transporting food uses a huge amount of resources, such as land, water, energy and fertiliser. If food is wasted, these resources are wasted too. The EPA estimates that food waste costs the average Irish household about €60 per month or €700 per year.  That’s an annual national cost of €1.29 billion.

 This year’s campaign aims to ensure that people understand that food waste needs to be fully separated from all packaging such as plastic or other containers to prevent contamination at the compost and anaerobic digestion facilities leading to higher quality recycling.

 Separating food waste is a positive climate action that we can all make

The overall aim of the campaign is to generate awareness of the role of food waste recycling in diverting this valuable resource from landfill and allowing it to be transformed into renewable energy and fertilisers for horticulture and agriculture use in Ireland. This will have a lasting impact as it will create green jobs here now and into the future. The campaign is being managed by Ireland’s three regional waste management planning offices* and funded by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications.

 Properly recycled food waste can be used to produce energy through anaerobic digestion and to produce clean, organic fertiliser.

Canal Way E.T.N.S, Dublin 8 students and Fionnuala Moran

Events will be held nationwide to highlight National Food Waste Recycling Week 2023, supported by local authorities, the Composting and Anaerobic Digestion Association of Ireland (Cré) and members of the Irish Waste Management Association (IWMA).

In addition, team will be hosting talks each day at the Bloom Sustainable Living Stage during the Bord Bia Bloom Festival. Here, visitors will be able to hear from the experts as well as gardener Marie Staunton on how food waste recycling works and its benefits using several interactive exhibits. There will also be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions at each session.


People are encouraged to check locally for information on the events happening across the country. At many of these events, subject to availability, attendees will receive a food waste caddy, each with a starter pack of caddy liners, free compost for their gardens and an information leaflet.


For more information on the National Food Waste Recycling Week 2023, see