Food waste recycling

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

Our new food waste recycling service

We will be introducing a new food waste recycling service from this autumn as part of a new, greener, recycling and rubbish collection service.

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

To help you recycle your food waste, we will be starting to collect it separately every week on your usual collection day.

We'll be rolling out the new service in two phases:

  • If you live in a home with individual rubbish and recycling bins, you'll get food waste collections this autumn
  • If you live in a property with shared bins, you'll get the new service from spring 2022

The new food waste recycling collections are part of a wider change to your bin collections, 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 and in our news release.

Your new food caddies

Kitchen caddy

Kitchen caddy Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser windowWhen we roll out your new service, you will receive a silver five-litre caddy to use in your kitchen. You can use liners to keep the caddy clean, like 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 windowIf you're in the first phase of the new service, you will receive a black 23-litre caddy 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.

If you live in a property with shared bins, we will assess the bin storage arrangements for each property, so we can make sure you have the most suitable outdoor food waste container.

Kitchen caddy liners

Kitchen caddy liner Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser windowTo start you off, we will give 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.

When you'll receive your food caddies and more information

All households in the first phase will receive a leaflet from us in the summer giving more details on the service. We'll then deliver your caddies and another information booklet giving a collection timetable for all services about three or four weeks before the collections start.

If you're in the second phase, we will be in touch from the spring to give you a kitchen caddy and more information about your service.

What you can recycle in your food waste bin

Yes please

  • Food scrapings and peelings
  • Raw and cooked meat and fish
  • Cheese
  • Eggs
  • 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

Liquids, including milk and oil.

What happens to your food waste

Once collected, we'll 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.

Reducing your food waste

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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