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Food waste

What can I put in my brown bin?

The table below details what you can put in your brown bin.

From the kitchen From the garden
Fruit and vegetables Grass, hedge and shrub cuttings
Meat and fish Leaves
Dairy products Flower and plant cuttings
Egg shells Twigs and small branches
Carcasses and bones Weeds
Plate scrapings Straw and hay
Rice, pasta, bread and pastries Old garden or house plants (no tubs please!)
Tea bags and coffee grounds  

Where can I get food caddy liners?

You can purchase rolls of replacement compostable liners for food waste bins from local shops, supermarkets or online from Gardening Delights for your food waste bin.

All Co-operative supermarkets also stock compostable carrier bags for you to purchase at a cost of 6p each. Please only use compostable liners made from corn starch to line your food waste caddy. Look out for the "seedling" logo or certification number EN13432 on acceptable compostable liners.

Remember:  We cannot accept any type of plastic bags, not even degradable or biodegradable ones, as they do not compost. These bags are generally oil based products with special additives to break them down into smaller pieces of plastic which contaminate the compost.

Food waste - frequently asked questions

Why should I recycle my 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 is 50% more expensive to collect and dispose of food waste in your refuse bin than it is to recycle your food waste in your brown wheeled bin.

Which types of food waste can I recycle using this service?

Fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, dairy products, egg shells, carcasses and bones, plate scrapings, rice, pasta, bread, pastries, tea bags and coffee grounds.

Will collections be postponed during the winter months?

No - collections will continue throughout the year.

How often will the brown bin be collected?

Your brown bin will continue to be emptied every 2 weeks.

I am bothered about smells from my caddy?

By keeping the caddy lid securely closed smells will not escape. However, the caddy has a vent in the lid which if used will help to dry out the food waste reducing the potential for the food to generate smells. The leaflet supplied with the caddy explains how this vent operates.

I haven't got space for the caddy in my kitchen?

Brackets can be purchased from the caddy supplier Coral to enable the caddy to be stored inside a cupboard. Please see the leaflet that is supplied with the caddy for further details.

I already home compost most of my food waste?

Please continue to compost at home as this the best environmental option for disposing of certain food wastes. Foods you can’t home compost such as meat, eggs, fish, dairy products or cooked food can be put in your brown bin.

My brown bin states ‘No food waste’ on the lid

Please ignore this. The lid information about food waste applies to the old garden waste only collection system.

What about food waste collections for properties without gardens eg terraced housing and flats?

Unfortunately it has only been possible to include properties with garden waste bins in the mixed food and garden waste service. However we hope to introduce tailor-made food waste recycling arrangements for terraced properties and flats in the future.

Do I have to use caddy liners?

No. They are an option to help you to keep your caddy clean and to assist the process of transferring food waste to your brown bin.

What happens to the food and garden waste after it is collected?

It is taken to the new In-vessel Composting (IVC) facility at Chichester Street, Rochdale where it is composted. Mixed food and garden waste must be composted "in-vessel". This is an enclosed, intensive method of composting with accurate temperature control and monitoring to ensure that the material is fully sanitised before it is matured and screened for use as soil conditioner in agriculture.

This type of process must be used for both pure food waste and food waste mixed with garden waste.


0300 303 8884

Environmental Management
Green Lane
Heywood OL10 2DY
(Postal address only)

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