Food waste recycling

Find out about our new weekly food waste recycling collections and how to cut down on the amount of food you waste.

New weekly food waste recycling collections

We have introduced weekly food waste collections in Aldershot and Farnborough.

We are rolling out the new service in two phases:

  • If you live in a home with individual rubbish and recycling bins, your food waste collections started from 25 October. These are on your normal collection day. You can check your collection day on our bin collections web page
  • If you live in a property with shared bins, you'll get the new service from spring 2022. As part of this, we will assess your bin storage arrangements so we can make sure you have the most suitable outdoor food waste container

The new food waste recycling collections are part of a wider change to your bin collections to increase our focus on recycling, which our Cabinet approved at its meeting on 8 June. You can read more about these changes on our New recycling and rubbish collection service page.

Video introducing the service

You can also listen to this food waste video in Nepali.

Report a missed food waste collection

If we should have collected your food waste and we missed your collection, please let us know using the button below:

Report a missed food waste collection This link opens in a new browser window

Food waste drop-in clinics

If you have any questions about our new weekly food waste collections, our recycling team will be available to chat to at the following drop-in food waste clinics:

  • Saturday 20 November - The Wellington shopping centre, Aldershot
  • Saturday 27 November - Frost Fair, Queensmead, Farnborough

The team will be there between 10am and 2pm.

Your new food caddies

If you are in the first phase of the food waste recycling collections, we have provided you with a kitchen caddy, an outdoor caddy and a roll of liners. If you haven't received your caddies, please contact our customer services team using the details on this page.

Kitchen caddy

Kitchen caddy Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser windowThe silver five-litre caddy is for you to use in your kitchen. You can use liners to keep the caddy clean. These could be newspaper or small plastic bags. Secure your food waste in the bag or newspaper and transfer it into the larger kerbside caddy for collection. This kitchen caddy is also lockable, easily washable and dishwasher safe.

Outdoor caddy

Outdoor caddy Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser windowYour black 23-litre caddy is to keep outside. This caddy is lockable to prevent pests getting into the food. You should put it out for collection every week where you normally place your bins.

Kitchen caddy liners

Kitchen caddy liner Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser windowTo start you off, we have given you one roll of 52 liners to use inside your kitchen caddy. Liners help to keep your caddy clean and reduces smells. They also help to protect against pests, such as flies, once the food waste is in your kerbside caddy.

Once you have used your initial roll, you can use any plastic bag that you might otherwise be throwing away, such as a bread bag or salad bag. Or if you have your groceries delivered, you may notice that raw meat is usually placed inside a small plastic bag, which is ideal for re-using as a caddy liner. You can also use newspaper as a liner.

What you can recycle in your food waste bin

Yes please

  • Food scrapings and peelings
  • Raw and cooked meat and fish, including bones
  • Cheese
  • Eggs and eggshells
  • Rice and pasta
  • Bread
  • Tea bags and coffee grounds
  • Fruit and veg
  • Pet food

It doesn't matter if the food is mouldy or out-of-date - it can all go in your food caddy.

No thanks

  • Packaging like pots, tubs and trays
  • Liquids like cooking oil, milk, drinks, liquid fat or gravy

What happens to your food waste

We take your food waste to an anaerobic digestion facility, where the liners are removed and the food is broken down by micro-organisms in the absence of oxygen. A biogas is generated during the process which is used to create electricity and a digestate which is used as a nutrient-rich fertiliser.

Recycling and reducing your food waste

Around 70% of food wasted in the UK comes from households - which is more than six million tonnes of waste. In Rushmoor, nearly 40% (by weight) of the contents of our green rubbish bins is food, so it's important we reduce our food waste as much as possible and compost or recycle the rest.

Saving food means saving money, but we also need to look at the bigger picture. Food waste is one of the biggest contributors to climate change, as it's not just the food we are wasting - it is the resources that have been used to produce the food too.

For more information about the impact of food waste on the planet and tips on how you reduce your food waste and save money, visit the Love Food Hate Waste and Wasting food: it's out of date websites.

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