Food and green waste recycling

You can now recycle food waste alongside garden waste in our food and green waste bins.

Steps for recycling food waste

Here are some steps to follow when you start recycling food waste:

  1. Use a kitchen container while preparing food or cleaning out your fridge. Any old container will do, we encourage residents to upcycle old yoghurt tubs or food storage containers.
  2. Put your food waste straight into the kitchen container. If you want to line your container, use paper towel or newspaper rather than plastic bags (including compostable bags).
  3. Empty your kitchen container straight into your food and green waste bin. Layering food waste between your garden clippings works best.

Avoiding and reducing how much food you throw away should be your first option. Download our handy food storage guide to extend the life of your food.

What food scraps can I recycle?

You can now put these items in your food and green waste bin:

  • fruit and vegetable scraps
  • citrus, onion and garlic
  • meat, small bones and seafood
  • coffee grounds and loose tea leaves
  • egg shells
  • cheese
  • bread, pasta and cereal
  • used paper towel and newspaper (for wrapping loose food).

Food waste and recycling fact sheets

For more information on what you can and can't recycle, see our A to Z waste and recycling guide or our Food and green waste brochure.

We also have some simple food and green waste fact sheets in:

Back to Earth Initiative

To find out what happens to your food and green waste, visit the Back to Earth Initiative website.

Back to Earth's Kitchen colouring in sheet is a great way to teach your kids about what can go in food and green waste bins.