Food bins

Last summer we worked in partnership with Essex County Council to increase the amount of food waste recycled through your weekly food recycling collection in the Braintree District.

You may have noticed a reminder sticker on your grey bin or through your letterbox (if your bin is not presented or cannot be easily found), along with a one-off roll of compostable food caddy liners and an information leaflet.

In Essex, roughly 26% of waste thrown away in the general rubbish is food waste. Not only is this a waste of money but it’s also damaging the environment.

When food waste is sent to landfill, it lets off harmful greenhouse gases which contribute to climate change. However, when food waste is recycled, it is transformed into energy and fertiliser!

To find out more about this project, visit the food recycling page on the Love Essex website

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 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. 

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 yoghurt and cheese
  • eggs and eggshells
  • bread, cakes and pastries
  • rice, pasta and beans
  • uneaten food from plates and dishes
  • tea bags and coffee grounds
  • pet food

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 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 a food bin, or if you have lost or damaged yours, you can request one online.

Request a replacement bin

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

  • your name, address and contact details
  • what bin you need provided or replaced

New builds

If you are living in a newly built property and do not have bins, you can request for bins to be delivered to you by completing our request new bins form.

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 7am 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 soil healthy.

You can find more information on our composting page.


Customer Services

Address: Causeway House,
Bocking End,

Telephone: 01376 552525

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