Through Leeds Rotters Composting Champions, I have come across a nationwide scheme to help build soil and grow food. This scheme, ShareWaste, brings together people who have food waste to donate and people who would love to compost it. The scheme has also been conceived as a way of building communities.

As you can imagine, I’ve registered as a recipient, although there has been no stampede as yet to donate to me. Looking at the number of registered users in my area, almost all are willing to receive food waste rather than give it away.

However, once upon a time Freegle was also a new idea, no doubt with an almost non-existent community. Now, the Leeds network has approximately 30 new advertisements every day.

Back to ShareWaste, if you would rather kitchen scraps you can’t compost yourself didn’t go into landfill or, like me, you have a hungry food waste composter, why not register on the site?

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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20 Responses to ShareWaste

  1. nanacathy2 says:

    I suppose if you collected them and provided containers it might have people want to donate? Good plan though.

    • Helen says:

      The people in my area can give their food waste to the council, so that could be a reason there are few if any donors. I guess it is also a case of raising awareness, but I could add a line on my ShareWaste ‘advert’ that I can provide containers. Thank you for your suggestion, Cathy.

  2. What a good idea. Hope you’re doing well, Helen. I am having trouble receiving alerts of new posts, so I just caught your post here on WP Reader.

  3. Over Soil says:

    I also remember the movement Freeconomy and justfortheloveofit that was started up by Mark Boyle (the moneyless man).

  4. Going Batty in Wales says:

    Years ago we found ourselves with new terraces which had no soil on them so we built raised beds and put out a plea to all our neighbours for old newspapers, cardboard and any hay or straw that had got too old or wet for them to use for their animals. They were all a bit bemused but we had loads given to us. I suspect that it is easier for your neighbours to put kitchen waste out for the council to take but maybe if you offered to collect it weekly or whatever they would give it to you instead? It would also be a chance to meet them and build community – one element serves many functions!

    • Helen says:

      I guess I could just go round my immediate neighbours and ask them for any food waste. Certainly, if I collected it, it would be easier, but they aren’t actually putting the food waste out for the council. I don’t know why this is, except that one nextdoor neighbour thought it was introducing ants to her house and so gave a council worker what for when they did a door-to-door survey about the food waste collection.
      I would be wary myself of telling neighbours who aren’t already in support of composting (food waste) what I am doing in case of any backlash. I’ve experienced it in other ways and at the end of the day I need to feel happy in my home environment.
      The ShareWaste website feels more secure because I imagine any neighbours who contacted me via it would already be in favour of what I was doing. So, I think I just need to be patient 😊

  5. gaiainaction says:

    This is indeed a great idea, I might actually finally do something about getting more compost and I think like this project I could easily ask neighbours for their waste. Good inspiration Helen thank you.

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