Coronavirus (COVID-19): food waste collection updates
You can't get more compostable bags from your local library at the moment due to building closures. If you need more bags, tie your yellow tag, which is found at the end of your roll of bags, to your brown bin or street caddy. Our collection crew will then leave you a new roll of compostable bags on your next bin collection day.
We'll continue to monitor the situation closely, carefully and frequently and update this website if anything changes.
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Getting more FREE compostable bags for food waste
To help you recycle your food waste, we provide the compostable bags for your kitchen food waste bin for FREE.
You should only use the FREE compostable bags provided for your kitchen food waste bin 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.
When you need to get more compostable bags:
- Tie the yellow tag, which is found at the end of your roll of bags, to your brown bin or street caddy. Our collection crew will then leave you a new roll of compostable bags on your next bin collection day.
- If you've never received a roll of compostable bags from us or if you've lost your yellow tag or need more bags before your next collection date, you can collect more compostable bags from selected libraries and community centres across the borough.
When your food waste is collected
If you don't compost your own food waste you can dispose of this in your brown recycling food and garden waste bin.
Enter your postcode in the bin collection calendar to find out when your bins will be collected.
How to use your kitchen food waste bin or your kitchen caddy
Using your kitchen food waste bin is easy:
- Line your kitchen food waste bin with a compostable bag, unless you don't wish to use a bag, and fill it with your food waste. Don't use any other bags to line your bin.
- When you’re ready, tie a knot in the bag and place it in your brown recycling food and garden waste bin or brown street caddy.
- On your collection day, place your brown recycling food and garden waste bin or brown street caddy on the edge of your property and we’ll empty it.
- Your food waste won't be collected if your bin contains the wrong items.
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 an In-Vessel Composting (IVC) facility in the UK.
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.
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: