Plastic bags and your food recycling caddy

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2. Food waste questions and answers

Does that mean plastic bags can now go in my main recycling bin?

No, this change only applies to recycling of food waste. But it means you can reuse your plastic bags for your food waste so you should have less to put in your rubbish bin.

When is food waste collected?

It’s collected from your outside food recycling caddy each week at the same time as your paper and cardboard box.

What happens to the food waste?

Food waste is taken to an anaerobic digestion plant, where new machinery splits and removes the bags or liners. The food waste is then ground up and pasteurised before being passed through the digestion tanks.
Methane gas from the tanks is used to generate electricity, which is fed into the national grid to power homes. Liquid left at the end of the process is used as fertiliser for farms.

What food can go in my caddy?

All cooked and uncooked food waste can go in your caddy. That includes:

  •  Tea bags and coffee grounds
  •  Fruit and vegetable peelings
  •  Egg shells
  •  Meat
  •  Fish bones and skin
  •  Mouldy bread, cakes and pastries.
  •  Any uneaten food that’s passed its use by date

Please remove your food from any packaging, as it’s only plastic bags and liners that can be removed at the anaerobic digestion plant. But if the packaging can be recycled, please rinse and put it in your dark grey mixed recycling bin.

What can’t go in my caddy?

Please don’t put in any food packaging or liquids - such as milk or oil.

What happens to the plastic bags?

After being extracted from the food waste the bags or liners are taken to an energy-from-waste plant (incinerator) where electricity is generated from the heat.

Why recycle food waste?

Thanks for recycling your food waste – it’s good for the environment, creates useful energy and fertiliser as well as saving us all money.

We live in a flat and don’t have food recycling, what do we do?

Our roll out of improved recycling arrangements for those living in flats or using a communal bin area is continuing, where space at each property allows. Please continue to use your existing service until we let you know there’s a change. We’re writing to residents ahead of introducing the new recycling facilities. We realise that some properties do not have the required space for the extra recycling bins. In these cases from autumn 2016 onwards, we will be in touch with residents or their property managers to discuss recycling options. 

Further information

For further information on what you can recycle from home, please visit our general home recycling and refuse section.