Separating your food waste from your refuse is a great way to increase your recycling and protect the environment. Recycled food waste is used to produce soil fertiliser and energy that goes back into the grid. Alternatively, some of your uncooked food waste can be composted; see how to do this on our composting page.
If your bin has been lost or damaged you can request a new one by filling in the form below:
You can download a collection calendar to see when your bin will be collected and read advice and information on food waste and recycling.
For more details on what can and cannot go in your food bin view our Recycling and Refuse directory
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.