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How to recycle your food waste

This page contains all the practical information you need for getting started!

Recycling your food waste is easier than you may think, and your local council will provide all the equipment and information you need for your area.

Once you’ve received your equipment, follow these three easy steps:

  1. Line your kitchen caddy with the bag provided or recommended by your local council.
  2. Empty all your food waste into the caddy, taking care to exclude any packaging.
  3. When your caddy is full, transfer its contents into your kerbside or outdoor food waste bin, ready to be collected and taken for recycling!

What food waste can I recycle?

The best thing to do is reduce how much food you waste in the first place. When we waste food, we also waste the energy and resources that went in to producing, transporting and buying it. Some food waste like apple cores, egg shells and banana skins are unavoidable, and it’s inevitable that you’ll have some food scrapings and leftovers.

So, no matter how small the amount of food waste, if you can’t use it, recycle it! Check out our list below of what and what not to recycle.

Food waste recycling – top tips!

To find out about the food recycling services available in your local area, click here. In the meantime, here are some top recycling tips to keep in mind:

What can be recycled

  • All uneaten or out of date food, including dairy, meat and bones, fruit, vegetables and peelings, rice and pasta, cakes and biscuits, eggs and eggshells, fish bones and shells
  • All leftovers
  • Pet food
  • Tea bags and coffee grounds

What can't be recycled

  • Packaging of any kind
  • Liquids such as milk
  • Oil or liquid fat

Your food waste caddy

  • Avoid contamination. Food packaging does not belong alongside your food waste. Ensure you separate food waste from any packaging including plastic wrapping and glass jars first.

  • Lining your bin. Your council may recommend that you line your food waste caddy with a liner or newspaper. Only use liners that are recommended by your council as some may not break down in the composting process.
  • Keeping smells at bay. Some simple steps to prevent your food waste caddy from smelling bad include: lining the bin with biodegradable or plastic bags, giving it a quick clean each time you empty it, keeping it out of direct sun light, and always keeping the lid down.
  • Keep your caddy handy. Find the right place to store your food waste recycling caddy. You could store it next to your other kitchen bins, under the sink or on your work surface – wherever is the most convenient and practical for you to recycle all your food waste easily and quickly.
  • Every bit counts! Even if you don’t think you create a lot of food waste, remember every bit of food waste that is recycled stops methane from entering the atmosphere and contributing to climate change. Food waste that can’t be prevented includes teabags, eggshells, fruit cores, and banana skins – if you can’t use it, recycle it!