Important information about food waste and black box recycling

From 4 November 2019, if your black box or food waste collection service is on a Saturday or Sunday, it will be changing to a weekday collection. Collection calendars are in the process of being updated. The new food collection day is currently showing and the black box day will shortly change to match.

Food waste is collected every week and is for all cooked and uncooked food. Food packaging and liquids are not accepted.

The black box is collected every 2 weeks (alongside the food caddy) and is used to collect glass bottles, jars, small electrical items, textiles(bagged in a recycling sack) and batteries.

If your black box or food waste caddy needs replacing, complete the replacement container request form.

If you have any questions, from 4 November 2019 a helpline will be available for food waste and black box collection day change enquiries only. The helpline will be open between 7am and 5pm Monday – Friday.

For all other enquiries relating to recycling and waste collections, please contact

Your food waste caddy is collected every week from the kerbside.

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The weekly food waste collection service allows you to recycle all types of leftover and unwanted food.

On your collection day please present your caddy at the kerbside or agreed location by 6:30am on the morning of your collection.

What can I put in my food waste caddy?

All types of food waste - cooked and uncooked.

Yes please

  • Dairy and eggshells
  • Meat and fish – raw and cooked including bones
  • Fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Bread, cakes and pastries
  • Rice, pasta and beans
  • Teabags and coffee grounds
  • Pizza
  • Pet food
  • Uneaten food from your plates and dishes
  • Semi-liquid food

No thanks

  • Liquids and oils
  • Nappies (use your green bin and AHP collection)
  • Glass bottles and jars (use your black box)
  • Bricks and stones

We will provide you with two caddies to recycle your food waste, a small caddy for your kitchen and a larger caddy to present at the kerbside on your collection day.

How do I use my food waste caddies?

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Step 1: Use any plastic bag, compostable liner or newspaper in your kitchen caddy

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Step 2: Put all cooked and uncooked food waste into your kitchen caddy

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Step 3: When the liner is almost full, tie and remove it from the kitchen caddy

Photograph of the plastic bag filled with food waste being put in the outside food caddy

Step 4: Place the full liner in your kerbside caddy

Please do not place plastic containers in your food waste caddies. If you find an out of date yoghurt pot in your fridge, empty the contents into your kitchen caddy, rinse the container and place the container in your blue bin for recycling.

Top tips on food waste recycling

  • Use liners for all food waste. Once full tie/wrap up your liner tightly before placing it in the kerbside caddy.
  • Using a plastic bag, biodegradable liner or newspaper will keep your caddy clean.
  • Make sure you keep your kitchen caddy lid shut.
  • Please remove all packaging before putting food waste into the caddies.
  • The kerbside caddy should be locked at all times by pulling the handle upright.
  • Put your kerbside caddy out for collection every week.