How to recycle food waste

Food waste caddy with food in and peeling to the side
  • Food waste is collected every week
  • You can recycle any cooked or raw food scraps
  • Make sure you remove all packaging from your food waste, especially plastic
  • Bag your food waste to help keep your caddy clean

What can be put in your caddies for collection

Yes please

  • All uneaten food and plate scrapings
  • Tea bags and coffee grounds
  • Out of date or mouldy food
  • Raw and cooked meat, including bones
  • Dairy products such as cheese
  • Eggs and egg shell
  • Baked goods such as bread, cakes and pastries
  • Fruit and vegetables including raw and cooked vegetables and peelings
  • Rice, pasta, beans

No thanks

  • Non-food products including nappies
  • Packaging of any kind
  • Any material that is not food waste
  • Liquids such as milk - these may leak causing spillages when transporting the food waste

Ask the waste wizard where to repair, recycle, donate, or dispose of your items

You are entitled to have two food waste caddies:

  • 23 litre caddy to keep outside to present your food waste for weekly collection
  • 7 litre caddy to collect food waste in the kitchen. Tip the contents from the kitchen caddy when necessary into the larger caddy

Both food waste caddies are lockable. Rotate the handle forward to lock the caddy. Store the caddies out of direct sunlight and keep locked at all times.

Keeping your caddies clean

Both caddies are dishwasher safe up to 60 degrees celsius. Caddies can be lined with cornstarch compostable liners, newspaper or any type of plastic bag.

If you have any questions about the service, check out our what happens to food waste page, have a look at our food waste FAQs, or contact the cleansing team.

Composting at home

You can add the following items of food waste to your home composting bin:

  • Fruit and vegetable peelings, seeds and cores
  • Tea bags
  • Coffee grounds and filter papers
  • Paper towels or tissues (not if they have touched meat)
  • Egg shells
  • You cannot compost: cooked food, fish, meat or dairy products

Find out more about composting at home.