Zero Heroes: 1000 Tonnes of Food Waste Collected.


The Zero Heroes Community Competition has assisted Lewes District Council’s Food Waste Recycling Scheme in reaching a major milestone!

Since the scheme started in June 2013 residents have been filling their caddies with food waste. As a result the 1,000 tonnes of food waste mark was reached on 21st February. That’s around two million caddies of food waste collected around the District! Congratulations to everyone.

Once the food waste is collected it’s taken to a special processing plant at Woodlands in Whitesmith near Ringmer. It is here in a controlled environment that the food waste can be developed into a soil conditioner product called Pro-Grow.

Councillor Paul Franklin, Lewes District Council Cabinet Member for Waste and Recycling, said: “I want to thank the residents of Lewes District for getting behind this scheme. Every time we reduce, recycle and reuse food and other household items we’re not just saving money but making a significant contribution to promoting a more sustainable community.’

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Waste you can add to feed your caddy includes:

  • Meat and fish: raw and cooked – including bones
  • Fruit and vegetables: raw and cooked
  • All diary: cheese and eggs – including shells
  • Bread, cakes and pastries
  • Rice, pasta and beans
  • Tea bags and coffee grounds – including paper filters
  • Paper towels
  • Animal bedding sawdust
  • House plants and cut flowers


Launched in 2013, Zero Heroes is raising awareness of food and household waste recycling facilities with a view to reducing the amount of waste going into incineration, whilst also offering residents the chance to win a share of £40,000 for projects in their local community.

Each week, the general domestic waste volume of each of the different areas of Lewes district is posted on the Zero Heroes website to see who is doing most to reduce and recycle.

 How To Spent It Events
In April, May and June we will be hosting a “How To Spend It” events – one in each of the 12 competition areas. At these we can discuss ideas of how you can increase your share of the winnings and how you would like to spend any prize fund winnings. These dates are now confirmed and we will be announcing more details very soon.

Help Promoting the Competition

If you want some help promoting the competition we have put flyer and poster designs, sign up sheet and recipe cards available on the resources section of the site. You can download these here. If you prefer email us and we can put some in the post to you. Representatives from Peacehaven and Saltdean & Telscombe Cliffs are already using our sign up sheets to earn extra points for their area by getting more people signed up to the Zero Heroes newsletter.

Visit for more information about how to reduce, reuse and recycle and details of how to win a share of £40,000 for your local community.