Food waste recycling

Your weekly food waste recycling service

All households now have the choice to recycle their food waste weekly. this is collected on the same day as your normal recycling and rubbish collection, just pop your outdoor caddy next to your other containers for 7am.

By recycling your food waste, this can be turned into something useful, it is taken to a special processing plant, where it can used to generate electricity to power homes. It also produces a liquid fertiliser that can be used in farming, please check out our FAQs for more information about how food recycling.

How to use the caddies

Request a new or additional bin, bag and/or container

  • Line your kitchen caddy with a compostable bag (supplied), your own liners (as long as they are compostable), kitchen towels or newspaper.
  • When you get to the end of your roll of liners provided, there's a tag for you to hang on your outdoor caddy, which will alert the crew to leave you another supply of liners. If you use a shared outdoor food waste silver top wheelie bin (e.g. if you live in flats), you can order more bags online, selecting the 'flats' property option.
  • When your kitchen caddy is full, transfer the contents into your outdoor caddy.
  • Alternatively, if you don't have space for a kitchen caddy or prefer not to use one, you can opt to transfer your food waste directly to your outside caddy.
  • Put your outside caddy out weekly with your other containers on your scheduled collection day - all containers need to be out by 7am. Please note that food waste is collected by a different crew/wagon to your other waste/recycling collections, so please ensure your caddy is presented so it is easy for the crew to spot.
  • If you already receive an assisted collection service, please leave your outdoor caddy with your other recycling and rubbish containers for collection as normal.
  • Below is a list of what can/can't be recycled in your food caddy. If your caddy contains the wrong things, the crew will not be able to collect it. If this is the case, they will leave a hanger on your caddy to explain the problem and what you need to do.

What can you put in your caddy?

Yes please

  • Food cooked and uncooked.
  • Cheese.
  • Eggs and egg shells.
  • Bones.
  • Meat and fish.
  • Fruit and vegetable.
  • Bread and pastries.
  • Tea (bagged or loose) and coffee grounds.
  • Coffee filters
  • Mouldy or out of date food.
  • Sauce's (i.e. packet/jar/condiments)
  • Pet food.
  • All uneaten food including plate scrapings.

No thanks

  • Liquids (i.e. squash, fizzy pop, orange juice, milk).
  • Oils and fats.
  • Plastic bags.
  • Nappies.
  • Packaging of any sort.
  • Animal bedding.
  • Animal waste/faeces.
  • Cardboard and paper (please note: a small amount of paper can be used to line your caddy).

Download our food waste user guide

Last updated: 9.15am on Monday 13 January 2020

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