Council asks Orthodox Jewish women to help in battle against food waste in Stamford Hill

A Orthodox Jewish Charedi woman talks to her neighbour about the benefits of recycling

A Orthodox Jewish Charedi woman talks to her neighbour about the benefits of recycling - Credit: Hackney Council

Orthodox Jewish women have been recruited to help the council drive down food waste.

Stamford Hill has 4,000 Charedi households, which tend to be large, with meals mostly cooked from scratch by women in the home.

The town hall says this means lots of peelings, scraps and leftovers are produced every day, and much of it ends up in the bin.

After previous campaigns in the area have fallen flat, the council turned to the community for help – and it’s working.

A trial has seen a 32 per cent increase in participation, and a 13pc rise in the amount of food waste collected.


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The council is building on the success of the trial, with Charedi women getting more training and knocking on more doors.

One volunteer said: “I have been recycling my food waste for some time as I am concerned about the impact of food waste on our environment.”

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