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Food Waste

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Yes, Food Waste can be recycled at some out of home recycling points.

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What can be put in food waste collections?

  • All uneaten food and plate scrapings;

  • Out-of-date or mouldy food;

  • Raw and cooked meat or fish, including bones;

  • Fruit and vegetables including raw and cooked vegetables and peelings;

  • Baked goods such as bread, cakes and pastries;

  • Dairy products, eggs and eggshells;

  • Used tea bags and coffee grounds;

  • Pet food;

  • Rice, pasta and beans.

What can’t be put in food waste collections?

  • Non-food products including nappies;

  • Packaging of any kind;

  • Any material that is not food waste;

  • Liquids such as milk or oil may cause leaks or spillages when transporting food waste. No milk should go in your food waste caddy. A small amount of oil can go in your food waste caddy if you have enough food waste to soak it up.

Good to know

You may wish to line your food waste caddy to make collecting and transporting your waste easier however your local council will have specific rules on how you should do this. This may be with paper or they may provide you with liners or have a list of places you can purchase them from. You should check your local council website if you are unsure how to line your caddy properly.

Good to know

Try home composting your food waste

Composting is an inexpensive, natural process that transforms your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient rich food for your garden. It's easy to make and use, if you have the facilities.

These food waste items can be added to your home composting bin: Fruit and vegetable peelings, seeds and cores, tea bags, coffee grounds and filter papers, paper towels (if they have not touched meat) and eggshells.

You cannot compost: cooked food, fish, meat or dairy products.

Find out more about setting up home composting

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