Food Waste
Can it be recycled?

Can I recycle food waste?

Yes. Some councils offer separate food waste collections and others collect food along with garden waste.

How should I recycle food waste?

  • If your local authority has given you a kitchen caddy to collect food waste, you can usually recycle any cooked or raw food scraps. 
  • Make sure you remove all packaging from your food waste, especially plastic.

These collections will allow you to recycle your cooked and raw food scraps which will then go off to be commercially composted at a local facility. This compost is then used in agriculture, landscaping and horticulture. Further information on this process is available here

What else can I do with it? Make compost at home...

You can add the following items of food waste to your compost bin:

  • Fruit and vegetable peelings, seeds and cores
  • Tea bags
  • Coffee grounds and filter papers
  • Paper towels or tissues (not if they have touched meat)
  • Egg shells

You cannot compost: cooked food, fish, meat or dairy products.

How do I combine my food waste collection and home composting?

To ensure that you recycle as much of your food waste as possible, both methods work effectively together.

  • Meat, fish and dairy products together with any cooked food can be put into your food waste collection and must not be composted at home as they may attract unwanted visitors to your garden.
  •  All fruit and vegetable peelings can be composted at home. For a more comprehensive list of compostable items, visit Making Compost