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Food waste bins and caddies

We collect food waste from your grey food bin once a week on the same day as your refuse or recycling. You should also have a smaller kitchen caddy for storing food waste inside your home. Collect food in this, and then empty it into the larger food waste bin.

What can you recycle?

  • all food, both cooked and raw
  • meat and fish including bones
  • teabags and coffee grounds
  • cat and dog food

You can use plastic bags, bin liners or newspaper to line the inside of your caddy and food waste bin if you wish.

  • Please present your food bin or caddy at the kerbside for collection by 6am

Why recycle food waste?

When food waste is put into landfill and rots it produces methane, a greenhouse gas much more harmful than carbon dioxide. By recycling your food waste rather than putting it in your rubbish bin you can help reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and its environmental impact.

What happens to food waste after collection? 

It is turned into energy and fertilizer. The food is sent to an anaerobic digester where it is broken down naturally by bacteria in an oxygen-starved environment. This is turned into energy and fertilizer -biogas, which is cleaned and fed into the national gas grid. The liquid residue called digestate is used to fertilise local farmland. Any caddy liners or plastic bags are easily separated from the food waste by a shredding machine before the recycling process begins.

This page was last updated: 24 August 2017

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