Food caddy

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Food waste can be wrapped in newspaper or contained in a compostable caddy liner or any type of plastic bag (including old bread wrappers, cereal packets, used sandwich bags etc) before placing in your 23 litre food waste bin. All liners and bags are removed before processing and are sent to energy from waste.

You can also use your own indoor container — do whatever works for you.

Using a caddy

1. Place a compostable caddy liner or any type of plastic bag in the food waste caddy, or line with newspaper.

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2. Place all your food waste into the kitchen caddy.

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3. When you are ready to empty the caddy, tie the top of the bag.

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4. Place in the 23-litre food waste bin, making sure to lock the lid to prevent spillages or animals gaining access to the contents

Food caddy empty the contents


What food can I recycle?

Plate scrapings

  • All uneaten food and plate scrapings


  • Dairy products
  • Cheese
  • Eggs

Bread and pastries

  • Bread
  • Cakes
  • Pastries

Meat and bones

  • Raw meat
  • Cooked meat
  • Bones 

Tea and coffee grounds

  • Tea bags
  • Coffee grounds 

Fruit and vegetables

  • Raw vegetables
  • Cooked vegetables
  • Whole fruit
  • Peelings


  • Fish
  • Cooked fish
  • Bones 

Rice, pasta and beans

  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Beans 

Things you can't recycle

Please do not put any of these in your green bin:

  • Any packaging
  • Plastic
  • Liquids
  • Oil or liquid fat

You can recycle your mouldy and out of date food, including ready meals removed from their packaging.

Please remember – if you already compost at home, please keep composting your uncooked vegetable and fruit peelings in your compost bin or heap.

Food waste stats and information

Find out what happens to your food waste once it's collected, and how you can do your bit to reduce the amount of food waste the UK produces each year.