Food & Waste

Northfield Ecocentre is dedicated to helping communities strengthen their food security, reduce food poverty, eat more healthily and reduce the food they waste and the plastic packaging that gets into the ecosystem. We work with local community groups to set up growing spaces and we offer volunteering opportunities and courses to learn and share skills. However, this is only part of the solution. We are working with our local partners in the South of the city to create a Food Alliance so we can advocate and facilitate more change and action to tackle the food waste, plastic waste and food poverty issues.

South Birmingham Food Alliance


  • To research independent food banks and gather information on the number of people using them
  • Report on what the impact of a lack of nutritious food has on peoples lives
  • Take a holistic approach to what is causing food poverty
  • Research existing mapping of food banks and access to other food outlets and pull together information
  • To improve the provision of healthy, affordable, good quality food for everyone in the South Birmingham area


  • Local Food Banks
  • Community Gardens
  • The Real Junk Food Project
  • Northfield Community Partnership

Remember to Reduce then Re-use then Re-cycle.


Avoiding Food Waste & Plastic Waste

Once you’ve reduced what plastic packaging you buy in the first place the next thing to think about is how you can re-use it. In our Community Gardens we re-use milk cartons and plastic bottles to grow seedlings and salad in.

Birmingham has it’s first zero-waste supermarket opening in spring 2018. It’s a perfect way to tackle plastic waste, change your behaviour and send a message to other businesses. Click the logo to find out more.






Tips for reducing your plastic waste

Find tips for avoiding food waste at either of these sites:








For more information and to find out how we can help you, contact us on

ediblebrum@ecobirmingham.com or 0121 4480119

Case studies

Allen’s Cross Community GardenSince 2015 we have provided 2 days a week support to Allens Cross Community Association to deliver a community growing space for the Trescott housing estate. The Association had no experience of running a community garden... Read more