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Food recycling

Use your two food waste caddies for your weekly food recycling service:

  • Use your small silver food recycling caddy (approx. 5 litres, H23cm x D23cm x W26cm) inside your house to store food waste.
  • Empty the contents into your larger green animal proof bin with a lockable lid (approx. 20 litres, H39cm x D39cm x W31cm), which should be kept outside.

Woman with food waste

What food can go in my food recycling caddies?

  • Bread, cakes and pastries.
  • Dairy products.
  • Egg shells.
  • Fish and seafood bones and shells.
  • Food past its use-by-date, food that has gone off.
  • Fruit and vegetable peelings, pips and cores.
  • Meat and bones eg chicken carcasses.                                                                             
  • Pizza and pasta.
  • Plate scrapings and left over food.
  • Rice and pulses.
  • Tea bags, tea leaves, coffee grounds.

What can’t I put in my food recycling caddies?

  • Garden waste.
  • Food packaging.
  • Liquids, including tea and coffee.
  • Mice and birds killed by cats/other animals.
  • Oil or liquid fat.
  • Packaging such as egg boxes.
  • Plastic bags.

Lining your food recycling caddies

You can place food recycling directly into your small silver caddy or you can line it with a compostable bag or small amount of newspaper. Using these will help the food dislodge when the collection crew is emptying the larger outdoor caddies by tapping them on the edge of the large collection bin on the vehicle. If this action doesn’t remove all the contents the crews are not expected to dislodge it in other ways – you would have to remove the food.

Food waste caddy

Compostable liners

Please use 100% compostable liners, carrying one of these logos and available to buy at many local stores and online. If you prefer to use newspaper follow our handy how to line your food caddy’ guide.

OK compost logo showing it is a compostable bagImage of  the logo that confirms a food waste liner is compostable.

Locking your food caddy

Place the handle of your large outdoor food caddy upright or down at the front to lock it and prevent animals getting at the food.

Follow our tips on other ways of storing your food recycling hygienically.

Collection day

Please leave your locked large green food recycling caddy at the front boundary of your property by 6am on your collection day. We will collect your food waste and return the caddy. Please put your food caddy out every week if possible, even if you don’t have much of it.

What happens to my food waste?

Food recycling goes to an anaerobic digestion plant where it is recycled into fertiliser and fuel. Find out more.

Guide to recycling and waste services available to households.