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Your food waste collections

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Getting more FREE compostable bags

To help you recycle your food waste, we provide the compostable bags for your kitchen caddy for FREE.

When you need to get more compostable bags:

Please check the opening hours for your local library or community centre. You should only use the FREE compostable bags provided for your caddy unless you don't wish to use any bags. Don't use plastic bags, not even degradable or biodegradable ones as they don't compost.

Your brown bin collection day

Enter your postcode in the bin collection calendar to find out when your bins will be collected.

Find out your bin collection day

Using your kitchen caddy

Using your caddy is easy:

  • Line the caddy with a compostable bag and fill it with your food waste. Don't use any other bags to line your caddy.
  • When you’re ready, tie a knot in the bag and place it in your brown bin or brown street caddy.
  • On your collection day, place your brown bin or brown street caddy on the edge of your property and we’ll empty it.

Why should you recycle your food waste?

At least 25% of household waste collected across the borough is unused or leftover food. Due to the rising cost of waste disposal, it's 50% more expensive to collect and dispose of food waste in your general waste bin than it is to recycle your food waste in your brown bin.

What happens to the food you recycle?

Your food waste is taken to the new In-Vessel Composting (IVC) facility at Chichester Street, Rochdale where it's composted.

Mixed food and garden waste is composted "in vessel". This is an enclosed, intensive method of composting with accurate temperature control and monitoring to ensure the material is fully sanitised before it's matured and screened to use as compost.

This process is used for both your pure food waste and your food waste mixed with garden waste.

Find out how you can buy your recycled garden and food waste as a multi-purpose peat free compost

How to reduce your food waste

Food waste is a major issue. In the UK we throw away 7 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year, the majority of which could have been eaten. It's costing us £12.5 billion a year and is bad for the environment too. Try out these handy tips and tasty recipes to help you save up to £60 per month by making your food shop go further

Handy tips and tasty recipes to help you reduce the amount of food you throw away