We collect food waste from your green caddy once a week. You should have a smaller silver caddy, which you can keep in your kitchen.
If you live in a flat, empty your kitchen caddy into the wheeled food waste bin in the communal waste area.
What to put in your caddy
All cooked and uncooked food or uneaten leftovers can be put into your silver caddy. When it's full, empty it into your green caddy.
You can recycle any food including:
- raw and cooked meat including bones
- raw and cooked fish including bones
- raw and cooked fruit and vegetables, including peelings
- dairy products such as cheese and eggs (including shells)
- bread, toast, pizza, cakes, biscuits, croissants, pastries, etc
- rice, noodles, pasta, beans, cous cous
- uneaten breakfast cereal
- uneaten food from your plates including gravy, sauce, custard and leftover takeaway food
- leftover food and ready meals
- tea bags and coffee grounds
- pet food
What you can't put in your caddy
The following items cannot be recycled in your food waste caddy:
- drinks, such as tea or juice
- oil or liquid fat
- food packaging
- coffee filter paper
Lining your caddies
- You can line your silver food waste caddy with plastic bags or liners making it easier and cheaper to recycle your food. You can use old shopping bags, bread or salad bags as well as newspaper or kitchen towel. These materials are now preferable to compostable bags as improved technology at the food waste plant means that the machinery can split and remove the plastic bags from the food and use both to make energy. Please do not, however, use plastic food packaging or dispose of extra unwanted plastic bags in your caddy.
- Please note that this does NOT mean that plastic bags can now be put in your main blue recycling bin.
How to reduce food waste
- Make a shopping list so you can buy what you need.
- Keep your fridge cool (1 to 5 degrees) and chilled food will stay fresh for longer.
- Think of recipes you could use for leftover food, for more information visit the Love Food Hate Waste website.