Separating food waste from your refuse is a great way to increase your recycling and protect the environment by reducing the amount of waste that goes to disposal. Recycled food waste is used to produce soil fertiliser and energy that goes back into the grid.
The food waste bin is collected every week and is locked, to keep domestic animals and wildlife away.
What can go in:
- Meat and fish - raw and cooked including bones
- Fruit and vegetables - 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:
- Packaging of any sort
- Oil or liquid fat
- Pet food, bedding or faeces
To make the process easier you can empty your food waste in a small container with a lid (ice cream tub, kitchen caddy) and then transfer this into your food bin.
Food waste can be put directly into the food bin but if you wish to wrap it first, use a sheet of newspaper or a liner.
If you don't have an outdoor food waste bin you can request one by filling in the form below:
Alternatively, your uncooked food waste can be composted: see how to do this on our composting page.