Last updated:

20th March 2024

Food waste

How to dispose of food waste, report a missed collection, or order a new bin

How food waste works

The council provides a small indoor food waste caddy for your kitchen, and a larger lockable black food outdoor waste bin to put out for collection.

Residents in flats can put their food waste into the larger red wheeled bin, in the bin store.

Food waste collection days

Your weekly food waste collection will be on the same day as your rubbish and recycling. 

Find your collection day 

Report a missed collection

If your food waste isn't collected you can report it as a missed collection. 

We'll return to collect as long as:

  • Your food waste was in the black outdoor container we provide
  • There was no packaging in with the food waste
  • Your food waste was out by 6.30am

Report a missed collection

How to use the food waste caddy

  • Collect food in your kitchen caddy and when it's full, put it in the larger outdoor food waste bin
  • Plastic bags such as bread or carrier bags can be used to line the indoor food waste caddy.  Newspaper or paper bags can also be used to line the indoor bins, although waste can be placed loose in the container.
  • We'll only collect food waste and oil (in a plastic bottle) from the outdoor food waste container
  • Make sure you leave it out:

    • By 6.30am on the collection day
    • On the edge of your property as near to kerb as possible without causing obstruction

What to put in a food caddy

  • Dairy products and eggshells
  • Cooking oil – sealed in a plastic bottle
  • Raw and cooked meat, fish, and bones
  • Uneaten food, and out of date foods
  • Raw and cooked fruit and vegetables and peelings
  • Pet foods
  • Tea and coffee bags and grounds   

What not to put in a food caddy

  • Food Packaging
  • Large amounts of liquids such as milk 
  • Pet waste, litter, or bedding
  • Any material that is not food
  • Garden waste

How can I dispose of compostable packaging?

If you don't compost at home, place your compostable packaging in your blue rubbish bags for disposal.

Bank Holidays

Collections may be earlier than normal on bank holidays so put your waste out the night before. 

Where to get a new or replacement food caddy 

Food caddy hub locations

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