Silver lidded food bin

We’ve done some calculations and worked out that each household is getting rid of around 2.5kg of food in their black household waste bin – and half of that is unopened and still packaged.

Did you know?

  • Food bins are collected weekly, unlike black bins
  • Most food waste won’t break down in a week, so your bin should remain clean and not smell
  • 80% of food thrown away is unused or pre-prepared foods, such as bread and pasta, that don’t attract pests

Recycling food waste can be easy. Start recycling what you are comfortable with – for example, tea bags, coffee grinds and potato peelings.

When you feel like doing more, read on to find out what else can go in your food bin.

What goes in?

You can put raw and cooked leftover food into your kitchen caddy. When it is full, empty the caddy into your outside food bin.

Lining your caddy

Food caddy bag liners are available to purchase from the Serco depot at Wincheap at a cost of £3.50 for 52 bags. 

You can also buy compostable bags to line your caddy from most supermarkets and local hardware or village stores – look for the compostable logo.

Alternatively, you may prefer to use newspaper or kitchen roll. Don’t use plastic or carrier bags as they won’t break down.

Yes, put it in!No, leave it out
  • Bread, cakes, pastries, pasta, rice and beans
  • Dairy products, including eggs and cheese
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Meat, fish and bones (both raw and cooked)
  • Tea bags and coffee granules
  • Uneaten food scraps
  • Pet poo
  • Liquids
  • Garden waste
  • Plastic bags
  • Packaging, including cardboard and plastic film
Bread and pastriesDairyFishFood wasteFruit and vegetablesMeat and bonesTea and coffee grounds

On your collection day, put the food bin out with the other containers, with the handle in the locked position. Please make sure that your bin is out for collection by 7am.

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