Food waste recycling

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Your food waste bin is collected weekly.

Find your collection day

We supply two bins:

  • 7 litre food waste caddy - for use in the kitchen.
  • 25 litre food waste collection bin.

Both bins have carrying handles that can be used to lock the lid.

When the kitchen caddy is full it should be emptied into the food waste collection bin.

What we can recycle

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  • Fruit and vegetable peelings
  • Plate scrapings
  • Bread
  • Meat and fish bones
  • Shredded paper (small amounts)
  • Out of date fruit and vegetables
  • Out of date meat
  • Out of date fish
  • Unused/out of date pre-packed food (please remove wrappings)

What we can't recycle

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  • Food packaging
  • Liquids (drain all excess liquids from food stuffs) and oils
  • Garden waste

 

Lining your food waste bins

We recommend that your kitchen caddy is lined with a biodegradable food waste bag (displaying the EN13432 logo), kitchen towel, newspaper or shredded paper to make it easier to empty and to clean. You can also wrap food waste in newspapers or kitchen towel to help absorb any excess moisture. 

The outdoor collection bin may also need to be lined to avoid food waste getting stuck to the bottom or sides. Our collection crews will apply a moderate tap to the food waste bin when emptying it but they cannot place their hands inside the bin to dislodge food waste. 

Food waste bins with excess liquids and oils cannot be emptied and will need to be drained prior to the collection day.

Do not use any plastic bags in either of the bins.

Collection bins

Collections are made from the 25 litre collection bins. This should be placed out on your collection day alongside your recycling.

Please leave the handle either in the upright position or completely forward and down so that it locks the lid.

What happens to the collected food waste?

Once collected by Recycle 360 as part of your weekly recycling service, the food waste is taken by a specialist contractor called Bio Collectors to an anaerobic digester facility in Mitcham (in vehicles powered by food waste itself) where it produces methane gas and bio-fertiliser. This reduces our carbon footprint as is cuts down on the miles travelled and associated CO2 emissions.

  • The methane gas is classified as renewable energy and is used to generate electricity and heat.
  • The bio-fertiliser is used by farmers to replace artificial fertilisers, which have a significant environmental impact.

Visit the Bio Collectors website for more information.

Any replacement food waste containers can be ordered by clicking here!

Alternative services

You can take your recycling and household/garden waste free of charge to Space Waye Reuse and Recycling Centre. There are alternative re-use and recycling sites available in West London.

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