Food Waste Recycling

Food waste recycling

A third of waste in an average household bin is food. By recycling food waste you reduce the amount incinerated which is much kinder to the environment.

What happens to my recycled food waste?

After we collect your food waste we take it to be recycled into compost locally which is then used by farmers and gardeners in the district.

The video below shows the process in action!

Tips to make it clean and easy

To keep your food caddy clean, regularly empty it into your outside food bin and use a compostable liner. Alternatively you can line your caddy with newspaper.

If needed you can always put your food caddy into your dishwasher or give it a rinse after washing up. We empty your outside food bin weekly and it has a lockable lid which stops smells getting out and any animals getting in. Keeping your outside caddy clean will also help prevent smells or mould developing.

For more tips see 'using my caddy' below.

When are my collections?

We collect your food waste at the same time as your refuse collection. Please leave your food waste bin, with the handle in the upright position, next to your refuse bins or bags by 6am on your bin collection day.

What can I put in the food waste caddy?

  • Meat and fish: raw and cooked - including bones
  • Fruit and vegetables: raw and cooked
  • All dairy: 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

What can't I put in the food waste caddy?

  • Any packaging
  • Plastic bags, including bio-degradable
  • Liquids, oil or fat
  • Cardboard
  • Medicine
  • Corn starch liners not showing a compostable logo
Food Caddy

What do I get when I join the service?

  • A small caddy to go in your kitchen and a roll of liners to get you started
  • A separate bin to go outside next to your refuse bags or bins (unless you share a refuse bin area)
  • If you share a refuse bin, bin store or area we will place a communal food waste wheeled bin next to or near to this
  • Food Waste Collection Service Instruction leaflet (PDF, 2.54mb)

Using your food caddy

Line your caddy with a compostable liner or newspaper and fill it with food waste. Please do not use plastic bags, not even bio-degradable ones

  • When it is full tie the liner and put it in your own food bin or communal food bin. Please empty your caddy regularly
  • To keep secure from animals and birds lock the outside bin by keeping handle in upright locked position. Please do not put loose food into the bin especially if you are using a communal food waste bin
  • Put food waste bin out for collection by 6am with your normal refuse. Leave outside in locked position

Lining your kitchen caddy

Using a compostable liner will keep your food waste tidy and contained making handling easy for both you and the collection crews.  Compostable liners decompose along with your food waste but if you prefer you can use newspaper to line your caddy instead.  Please don not use plastic bags, even bio- degradable ones as they will not compost.

Compostable liners can be purchased from:

Please make sure the liners are 100% compostable not just bio-degradable. They should display the seedling logo (such as the one below) and the reference number EN13432. The Liners should also be designed to fit a 7 litre caddy. If you use a liner or bag that does not show this logo then your food waste will not be collected for composting.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can I use plastic bags to line my caddy?
A: No. When you join the service we send you enough compostable bin liners for the first six months. Alternatively, you can line your caddy with newspaper and wrap it up like a parcel before putting into your food waste bin or communal bin.

Q. Won’t the new food waste bins attract rats, foxes and birds?
A:  No. Your food waste bin has a lockable lid which will prevent animals getting in.

Q. I already compost my uncooked vegetable and fruit peelings, so what could I put in the new food waste bin?
A: You can put dairy, fish, meat, bones, coffee grounds, tea bags, pet food and cooked food into your new food waste bin.

Q. Can I still use my home compost bin?
A: Yes, we would encourage you to carry on using your home composter alongside the food waste collections. Food waste collections offer the benefit of being able to recycle items such as meat and fish and cooked food, which are not usually composted in a traditional home composter.

Q. I do not produce food waste, what should I do with the containers?
A: No amount of food waste is too small to get started! Some people just use it for their teabags and coffee granules.

Q. What happens if my food waste is rejected?
A: If your collection bin contains items that are unsuitable for the composting facility it will not be emptied by the collection crews and a sticker explaining what is wrong with the food waste will be placed onto the bin indicating that there was a problem. If there was no sticker, then it may have been missed. If you think your bin has been missed, please call our Customer Service Team on 01273 471600.

Q. What happens if I need assistance with the food waste collection service?
A: If you would have difficulty leaving your refuse, recycling or food waste bin at the edge of your property for collection, you can apply for assisted collections.