What do we collect?

Any raw or cooked food, including all of the list below.

  • Meat and fish; raw, cooked, including bones
  • Fruit and vegetables; raw, cooked
  • All dairy products; including milk and cheese
  • Bread, cakes and pastries;
  • Rice, pasta and beans;
  • Uneaten food; from your plates and dishes
  • Tea bags and coffee grounds
  • Unopened packets of food past the 'Use by' date (but please take them out of their packaging first and recycle this if you can)

UPDATE From 1 December 2015 you can use everyday plastic bags for your food recycling so the video here does not have the most recent information. See Putting out your food waste correctly for full details of this change.

Please do not put any packaging, liquids, oil or fat in with your food waste. You can take large quantities of used cooking oil to our Recycling Centres

If you cannot get to a Recycling Centre, you can soak small amounts of old cooking oil into any newspaper or kitchen roll used to wrap your food waste, and put in your caddy for your food waste collection.

If you live in a flat with communal recycling bins you may have a food recycling collection. Find out more here Recycling for flats

NEW  From 1 December 2015 you can take food waste to any of our three Recycling Centres and put it in the separate food waste container. Please make sure it is wrapped in everyday household plastic bags (see below) compostable liners, newspaper or paper bags.

Putting out your food waste correctly

NEW From 1 December 2015 you will be able to use everyday household plastic bags for your food recycling collection, but you can also continue to use compostable liners, newspaper and paper bags to line your kitchen caddy. 

What kinds of plastic bags can we accept?

  • Yes please
    Everyday plastic bags including carrier bags, sandwich bags, bread bags, freezer bags, white pedal bin liners (all colours except black).
  • No thanks
    NO Black bin bags or any other black bag.
    No Bags for life.

Black bags can get confused with rubbish – we need to make sure that the crews can see that it is food waste they are collecting.

If our crews find black bags or bags for life in your food waste bin it will not be collected. It will be left with a sticker which asks you to remove the incorrect bag before your next collection.

Recycling technology is always changing and plastic bags can now be separated from food waste before it goes through an Anaerobic Digestion process where it is made into electricity and fertilizer. If everyone in Bath and North East Somerset recycled their food waste this would provide enough electricity to power 1,139 homes for a year. See how your food is recycled in this video.

Your plastic bags  will be used for energy generation in an energy from waste plant.

This service is part of our weekly recycling and waste collection.

You can order a food waste bin via our ordering a container webpage. For food waste liners, there are range of local and online suppliers.


Feed Me and Win - extra prizes for Christmas

Every week day from 8 to 23 December 2015 Feed Me and Win will be giving away a choice of Christmas gifts valued at up to £70! All you need to do is use your food recycling bin. Winners will be able to select from a selection of local prizes valued up to £70, a £50 shopping voucher, or a £70 donation to charity.  And you can beat the winter blues with double value prizes in Jackpot January, when every week we will be doubling the value of our weekly reward to £100. Visit www.feedmeandwin.co.uk for details.

Christmas rewards – 8th to 23rd December

January rewards – throughout January

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