Reducing waste at home
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
A lot of waste is generated by buying more than we need.
Reducing waste is the most sustainable and environmentally
beneficial thing you can do. This is because waste that is not
created in the first place does not need to be re-used, recycled or
Your new weekly food waste collections
From 20 October 2015 we’ll be introducing a new waste and
recycling collection service. The changes will include a weekly
food waste collection for every household in the borough. Find out about the new service.
Recycling food waste - frequently asked questions
Find answers to some questions if you're unable to reduce
your food waste and would like to recycle it instead.
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
Which types of food waste can I recycle using this
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
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.
Do I have to pay for my compostable bags?
To help you recycle food waste, we now provide rolls of
compostable bags for free. When you need more compostable bags, you
can collect a roll from these local libraries across the
Please check the opening hours for your local library. Please
only use the compostable bags provided in your caddy – No plastic
bags. Alternatively, you can put your food waste loose in your
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
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
What happens to the food and garden waste after it is
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.