Food waste collection
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.
- 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.
What goes in your food caddy
You can put these in your food caddy:
- all cooked and uncooked food
- meat and fish bones
- tea bags and coffee grounds
- vegetable peelings, banana skins and apple cores
- pet food
- out of date food (not in its packaging)
- cooking oil in a sealed plastic bottle (this needs to be in your outdoor caddy on the collection day)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.