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Food waste

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What can be put in food waste collections?

  • All uneaten food and plate scrapings

  • Baked goods such as bread, cakes and pastries

  • Dairy products, eggs and eggshells

  • Fruit and vegetables including raw and cooked vegetables and peelings

  • Out-of-date or mouldy food

  • Pet food

  • Raw and cooked meat or fish, including bones

  • Tea bags and coffee grounds

What can't be put in food waste collections?

  • Liquids such as milk - these may leak causing spillages when transporting the food waste

  • Non-food products including nappies

  • Packaging of any kind

Good to know

You may wish to line your food waste caddy to make collecting and transporting your waste easier however your local authority 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 egg shells.

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

Find out more about setting up home composting

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