Kerbside food bins

Food bins

It is becoming ever more 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 to 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 kerbside food bin to keep domestic animals and wildlife away.

You can search and find more details on what can and cannot go in your kerbside food bin


You should continue to disinfect bin handles and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds each time you put your bin out and bring it back in.

Remember, you should not put PPE such as face covering and gloves, in your recycling sacks. You should put these in your general rubbish collection, your grey bin or black sack.

You should read the government advice if you are self-isolating, either as a precaution or because you have Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Thank you for your continued messages of support and kindness you have shared with our staff and collection crews.

How to dispose of waste if you are self-isolating or have Coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you are self-isolating, either as a precaution or because you have Coronavirus (COVID-19), you should:

  • double bag all personal waste such as used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths, securely in plastic bags or bin liners
  • store these bags separately to other waste for at least 72 hours before placing in your general rubbish collection
  • treat your regular household recycling and waste as normal. You cannot place tissues in your recycling

You can visit the Love Essex website for updates on the Coronavirus impact on waste services in Essex. 

What can go in your kerbside food bin

You can put most food waste in your kerbside 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 egg shells
  • 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 kerbside food bin

We can't collect your kerbside 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 kerbside food bin

To make life easier, 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 kerbside food bin.

Waste can go directly into the kerbside food bin, but if you wish to wrap it first, you can use a sheet of newspaper or a liner.

Request a replacement bin

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

Apply for a kerbside food bin

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

  • your name, address and contact details
  • what bin you need a replacement for

Assisted collections

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

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

Storing your bins

You should put you bin out for collection between the night before your collection and by 7:00am on the day of your collection.

Leaving bins or waste outside the boundary of your property between collections is an 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 into a free supply of compost that will 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