New weekly food waste collection

New food waste collections will start from 30 September 2019. We will collect all cooked and uncooked food waste every week.


Introducing your new grey kitchen caddy and black and orange outdoor food bin

Food waste will be collected separately every week. This includes all cooked and uncooked food waste and leftovers.

Please do not present your food waste bin out for collection until week beginning the 30 September when the new collection service commences.

You will receive your new small grey (indoor) 5 litre, kitchen caddy along with your outdoor 23 litre, black and orange secure, lockable 'pest-proof' food bin. The bin is locked when the handle is in the upright or forward position.

You don't have to use liners in your caddy, but if you wish to, you can use compostable liners, paper bags or wrap the food in newspaper. You can find corn / vegetable starch compostable liners in most supermarkets or online, which feature the seedling logo (as pictured below) as they are 100 percent compostable. Please do not use plastic bags.

You can of course continue to compost your food and garden waste at home. You can use the new food waste collection service for things you are unable to compost at home such as meat, fish, skin and bones. Get started with home composting today and make your own beautiful compost for the garden.

Yes please:

  • Meat, fish, bones and skin (cooked and uncooked)
  • Dairy products such as cheese
  • Vegetables and fruit (raw and cooked)]
  • Bread, cakes and pastries
  • Rice, pasta, beans and pulses
  • Tea bags and coffee grounds
  • Egg shells
  • Leftover plate scrapings, uneaten food (cooked and uncooked)

No thank you:

  • Plastics bags and packaging
  • Pet faeces / pet bedding
  • Liquids / oils
  • Any non-food items

Food waste will be composted in line with the animal by-product regulations to ensure that the resulting compost is safe to use as a soil improver on local farmers fields.

Kent County Council have produced a short film based at Blaise Farm, near Offham, West Malling where your food recycling from the food bin goes for in-vessel composting. For more information for reducing waste in Kent.