Food waste

If you order a new food waste bin, we will deliver it as soon as possible. During busy periods it could take up to six weeks. Thank you for your patience.

We collect food waste weekly from every household, except flats or groups of properties with communal recycling areas.

If you recycle food waste instead of putting it in your refuse, you will reduce odours and create extra space in your bin. Normal rubbish costs £109 per tonne to treat and dispose of, whereas food waste only costs £65, saving £44 of council tax payers’ money for every tonne of food waste that is recycled.

Did you know, in 2017/18 North Somerset converted over 6,500 tonnes of food waste into carbon free electricity. That’s enough to power around 1,000 local homes.

Households are given a small caddy for collecting food waste in the kitchen, and a larger container for putting it out for collection. Lock your caddy to stop content spilling out.

Line your food waste container with plastic bags, newspaper, kitchen roll or compostable liners. Please don’t put any plastic wrapping or loose food inside. Lining your containers is more hygienic and helps crews empty them quicker.

Put these items in your food waste container:

  • cooked and raw food including bones
  • dairy products
  • vegetables and fruits including peelings*
  • egg shells*
  • pet food
  • paper towels and tissues*
  • tea bags and coffee grounds*
    * These items can also be composted at home.
Did you know, around 7 million tonnes of food is thrown away by households in the UK every year. Over a year the average family throws away around £700 of food shopping, equivalent to an annual utility bill. Some waste is unavoidable, made up of things like peelings, cores and bones, but the majority is, or once was, perfectly good food.

To find out how to reduce food waste and save money, visit Love food hate waste website.

If your food waste goes in your rubbish bin it could end up in landfill where it rots and releases methane, a damaging greenhouse gas 25 times more powerful than carbon dioxide. However, by recycling your food waste in your food caddy the methane is collected and converted into biogas and used to generate electricity and heat homes.

It also creates a nutrient-rich digestate that can be used as a fertiliser for agriculture and in land regeneration.