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Food waste collection

Food waste is collected every week

In Bracknell Forest food waste is collected every week.

Use our bin collection day finder to find what day your collection is. 

What goes in your food caddy

You can put all food waste without packaging in your caddy.  

Table showing what goes in your food caddy

Yes, please

No, thank you

raw and cooked meat and fish (including bones)


cheese, eggs, eggshells and yoghurts


cooked and uncooked vegetables, fruits and peelings

disposable plates and cups - even if labelled as biodegradable

bread, cakes and pastries

garden waste

tea bags and coffee grounds

pet waste

dry and wet pet food

anything that is not food

cooking oil - pour into a sealed plastic bottle and place in your outdoor food caddy

liquids such as milk (cooking oil is allowed in a plastic bottle)

How to use your caddies

indoor food caddy

Keep your small caddy inside and put your food waste in it.

If you have small children or pets, it might be useful to keep it in the locked position.

outdoor food caddy

When your indoor caddy is full, empty it into your larger outdoor caddy.

Make sure this one is always in the locked position. 

Caddy liners

You can use any type of plastic bag to line your caddy, for example bread bags or carrier bags. You can also buy caddy liners from most supermarkets.

Before our food waste is recycled, it’s put through a de-packaging system that macerates the waste and removes all types of liners and plastic bags. The plastic waste is then sent to an Energy from Waste facility where it is safely incinerated to create electricity.

You can also choose to leave your caddy bare and not line it at all. We recommend that both your indoor and outdoor caddy are washed weekly to avoid any unwanted smells.

Where to put your food caddy for collection


food caddy on kerbside

If you put your other bins on the kerbside, please put your food caddy in the same place.

Private roads

food caddy at end of private road

If you live on a private road, please put your food caddy in the same place as you put your other bins.

Collection point

food caddy at edge of property boundary

If you have a communal collection point and you do not live on a private road, please leave the caddy at the edge of your property boundary.

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.

Green bin collections are every 3 weeks

We have changed 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

How the food is processed

Carbon impact of processing food waste

The carbon impact of processing the food waste into fertiliser and burning of methane to create electricity is overall positive. 

Table showing the carbon impact of processing food waste


Carbon dioxide equivalent

Anaerobic Digestion associated emissions - based on

GOV.UK greenhouse gas reporting


Offset from energy generation


Offset from fertiliser


Total carbon offset


Total carbon offset - including incineration diversion benefit


Total carbon offset - including landfill diversion benefit



We are looking into the possibility of adding a food waste collection for flats and properties with communal bins from autumn 2021.

Each block of flats will be assessed before this is introduced to make sure a communal food waste bin can be accommodated. We will also need agreement from the management agent that they will take responsibility for cleaning the communal food waste bin.