Food Recycling

If your bin has be lost or damaged you can request a new one by filling in the form below.

Request a replacement bin

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 your plates and dishes
  • Tea bags and coffee grounds

What can't go in:

  • Glass
  • Packaging of any sort
  • Liquids
  • Oil or liquid fat
  • Pet food, bedding or faeces

To make the process easier you can empty your food waste in a small container (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.

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.