What can I put in my food bin?
You can put any raw or cooked food in your food bin
- 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 your plates and dishes
- Tea bags and coffee grounds
Collect up your food waste in the kitchen. An empty ice-cream container or kitchen caddy is useful for storing small amounts of food waste before transferring it to 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.
These items cannot go into your food bin
- Packaging of any sort
- Oil or liquid fat
- Pet food, bedding or faeces
What happens to my food waste?
Food waste must be treated using a process which complies with the Animal By-Products Regulations to ensure that all meat and other products of animal origin (including catering waste from domestic kitchens) meet the treatment standard required to guarantee the protection of the environment and human health. Anaerobic digestion (AD) is an approved process and involves breaking down organic material in the absence of oxygen by micro-organisms called methanogens. The process produces biogas (a mixture of carbon dioxide and methane) and digestate which is treated to produce a stable, nutrient-rich substance that is most commonly used as a fertiliser or soil conditioner. The biogas can be used to produce energy either in a combined heat and power plant or cleansed of carbon dioxide and injected into the National Grid. Anaerobic Digestion is widely used to treat various organic waste streams such as wastewater, domestic and commercial food waste, manures and biofuel crops.