How to recycle your food waste
Local residents throw away over 15,000 tonnes of food waste in their dustbins every year. Most of this is avoidable food waste which could have been eaten and all of it could have been recycled.
What to consider before recycling:
- We can't empty food recycling boxes which contain non-biodegradable waste
- Remove all food packaging before you recycle your food
- If you want to line your caddy, make sure you use compostable starch liners or newspaper, do not use ordinary plastic bags
- Don’t worry about the smell. A caddy with a secure lid will contain smells (and you can empty your caddy into your outdoor food bin as often as needed)
- Always put food recycling out for collection in your large outdoor food recycling box because this has a securable lid to protect it from scavenging animals
- Leave the handle of the bin in the upright position to ensure it is locked
- Leave your outdoor food recycling box for collection in a visible location just inside the front entrance to your property (not on the pavement outside)
It is best for the environment to not use liners at all, as it avoids the carbon emissions associated with liner production and helps ensure that only food waste gets processed. However, liners can help keep your food recycling caddy and box clean and odour free.
Compostable starch liners
We recommend compostable starch liners, but you can use old newspaper or paper bags if you prefer.
They can be purchased at most local supermarkets. When purchasing liners, ensure they are marked as conforming to composting standard EN13432. Liners that conform to this standard should display the 'seedling' logo below.
Do not use any other liner (such as other plastic bags) as it can disrupt the food recycling process.
Using old newspaper or paper bags
You can line your caddy/outdoor food recycling box with, or directly wrap food scraps in newspaper or a paper bag.
It is easy to home compost leftovers and scraps. Uncooked fruit and vegetables are great home composting material, but you can also compost cooked vegetables, baked goods, meat, fish and dairy products can all be home composted too using a suitable container (for example, Green Johanna or Green Cone).
Wormeries can be used on balconies and 'Bokashi' systems are designed for indoor usage. Get full details of special offers on home composting equipment.
Up to: Food waste recycling
Updated: 08 March 2021