Food bins

It is important to reduce the amount of waste we all generate and to recycle or reuse whatever we can.

Most waste has a value and food waste is no exception. Food waste can produce soil fertiliser or create energy used by the National Grid, so let's not waste it.

We provide a weekly collection of food waste. You can lock your food bin to keep domestic animals and wildlife away.

You can search and find more details on what can and cannot go in your food bin online or in your collections calendar. 

You can empty your food waste into a small container with a lid, like an ice cream tub or kitchen caddy. You can then transfer this into your food bin.

If you wish to wrap it first, you can use a sheet of newspaper or a compostable liner. You should not put any other non-food waste into the bin. 


When you touch your bin, you must:

  • Disinfect bin handles
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds

You should read the government advice if you are self-isolating.

Thank you for the continued support and kindness you have shared with our staff.

What can go in your food bin

You can put most food waste in your food bin such as:

  • meat and fish, both raw and cooked, including bones
  • fruit and vegetables, both raw and cooked, including peelings
  • dairy products such as yogurt and cheese
  • eggs and eggshells
  • bread, cakes and pastries
  • rice, pasta and beans
  • uneaten food from plates and dishes
  • tea bags and coffee grounds

What can't go in your food bin

We can't collect your food bin if you put in:

  • glass
  • packaging of any sort
  • liquids
  • oil or liquid fat
  • pet food, bedding or faeces

You can search and find more details on what can and cannot go in your food bin online or in your collections calendar. 

Request a replacement bin

If you don't have an food bin, or you have lost or damaged yours, you can request one online.

Apply for a food bin

To complete this form, you will need to tell us:

  • your name, address and contact details

  • what bin you need provided or replaced

Assisted collections

We understand that not everyone is able to bring their waste to the collection point.

We offer help where there is a genuine need. Find out more about requesting an assisted collection.

Storing your bins

You should only put your bin out by 7:00am on the day of your collection.

Leaving bins or waste outside the boundary of your property between collections is a criminal offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Home composting

You can compost uncooked food waste at home. This is a great way to recycle garden and kitchen waste. You can then use the compost to keep your garden blooming year after year.

You can find more information on our composting page.


Customer Services

Address: Causeway House,
Bocking End,

Telephone: 01376 552525