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Food waste collection

We are introducing weekly food waste collections for houses in Bracknell Forest from March 2021.

Why food waste collections are needed

There is an international climate change crisis and we are committed to taking steps to tackle this across our services. This includes encouraging and enabling more recycling.

We already recycle 43% of all waste but we know with food waste collection that could go up to around 50% by 2021 and 65% by 2030.

Putting rubbish into landfill not only wastes money, it also contributes to air pollution and to the long-term effects of climate change. We currently landfill 7,800 tonnes a year. Through food waste recycling we aim to reduce that by 50%.

The food waste is recycled into a liquid fertiliser used for farming and the recycling process releases methane which is used to create electricity.

How weekly food collections will work

Residents in houses will get 2 food waste caddies in January to February 2021.

These are:

  • a 5 litre caddy for inside your house
  • a 23 litre caddy for outside your house

The 23 litre outside caddy will be collected each week from March 2021.

Green bin collections will be every 3 weeks

We are changing the collection of green general waste bins from once every 2 weeks to once every 3 weeks.

Find out more on our green general waste bin page

More information

Some common queries about food waste are listed below.

Bad smells from food

The majority of bad smells caused through waste, come from food. As this will be collected each week and will not go into green bins, smells should actually reduce.

Preventing maggots

Maggots only exist if flies have access to rubbish and they most often occur in food. As this will be collected each week and will not go into green bins, the risk of maggots should actually reduce.

To help prevent maggots, please:

  • rinse any food packaging
  • keep the lids of your bins closed
  • cover up food such as leftovers and pet food - or put it straight in the food caddy
  • pick up any pet poo as soon as possible and bag it

Maggots are unpleasant but there is no evidence to suggest that they cause health problems. The best approach is to be careful with your waste and make sure that flies can’t get to it.

Pet waste

Those who own pets should make sure that pet waste is bagged before being put in the green bin. The lid should also be firmly shut to reduce the risk of maggots and bad smells.

Nappies

As they do now, families with children in nappies should make sure that nappies are bagged before being put in the green bin. The lid should also be firmly shut to reduce the risk of maggots and bad smells.

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