Food waste collections

We collect all cooked and uncooked food waste every week. All bins should be out by 7am on collection day.

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Grey kitchen caddy and black and orange outdoor food bin

Our contractor, Urbaser, produced a helpful leaflet specifically for your weekly food waste collection.

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

The small grey 5 litre kitchen caddy is for use in the home, and the outdoor 23 litre, black and orange secure, lockable 'pest-proof' food bin is to be used to present the waste for collection.  Simply transfer the contents of the grey caddy into the black and orange food bin.

The bin is locked when the handle is in the upright or forward position, so please make sure it is locked when you present it for collection.

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.

What happens to your food waste?

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.

FOOD WASTE – frequently asked questions

Is it better to reduce food waste than to collect for treatment? Yes, reducing waste is always the preferred option. If households reduce the amount of food waste produced, it can benefit both the environment and the pocket, as you can save money on food bills. To find out more information on reducing your food waste visit the Love Food, Hate Waste website at www.lovefoodhatewaste.com

Why can’t I put food waste in with my garden waste? The brown wheeled bin is for garden waste only. Food waste is collected separately every week which means the two material streams can be processed in different ways. Food waste will be processed by In Vessel composting at Blaise Farm in West Malling. This material falls under the Animal by Product Regulations and must be treated to be sanitised. The pure green garden waste can be tipped outside and can be composted in the open air, this is a more cost effective way of composting garden waste. The garden waste cannot contain any food or animal waste because outdoor composting facilities do not need to comply with Animal by Product Regulations.

If I have extra food waste that will not fit in my bin, can I put it out for collection in a bucket or a bag?
The 23 litre food bin, will usually be large enough to contain your food waste, but please contact us if you regularly find you have more food waste than will fit in your food bin, and we will supply you with an additional food bin. Please do not leave food waste on top of or beside your food bin in any other container or bag.

How can I avoid getting maggots in my food waste bin? We collect your food waste every week, so maggots should not be a problem. You can minimise the risk by locking the lid of your outside food bin. The bin can be locked by moving the handle to the forward or upright position.
Other tips: rinse your caddy and food waste bin with hot water and try to keep it in the shade where possible. Left over pet food can go into the food bin, however, if wet pet food is left out prior to disposal it can become a breeding ground for flies and therefore could cause maggots.

If I've grown something in the garden e.g. apples, is it food waste or garden waste? Fruit and veg grown in a garden such as windfall fruit is classed as garden waste and can go in your brown wheeled bin, however anything you bring inside to the kitchen becomes food waste and should go into your 23L outdoor food bin. (Please don’t fill your garden bin with windfall fruit, this is very heavy and could cause the bin to snap off the bin lift, so overweight bins won’t be collected).