Please watch this useful video which shows ways you can fit recycling your food waste into your life. We give you a small black plastic bin (food caddy) to collect your food waste in your kitchen and a larger food waste bin to keep outside. We collect from the larger outside bin. Order your free containers here ordering a container

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 yoghurt 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)

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.

How to use your food recycling containers  Image of food recycling containers

  • Line your kitchen caddy with a suitable plastic bag, compostable liner, newspaper or paper bags.
  • Empty your food caddy into your outside food bin before it gets too full.
  • Rinse both containers regularly.
  • Lock your outside food bin by pulling the handle forward to keep out animals and birds.

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

You can also 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

You can now 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.

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

What happens to your food waste

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. Here your food recycling is fed into a sealed tank and, effectively, fermented without oxygen for a long period of time. This creates two by-products:

  • methane: which can be used to directly power a generator to create electricity.
  • nutrient-rich organic fertilizer: used on farmland to grow more food, or used in grassland and woodland restoration projects

See how your food is recycled in this video.

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. 

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

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

To save money and reduce the food you throw away visit



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