Renfrewshire Council

Food waste

Food waste goes in your green caddy. If you do not have one, please considering composting your waste.

The best way you can dispose of your food waste is to recycle it.

Renfrewshire Council operates a food waste recycling scheme which has been delivered to all properties currently on wheeled bin services and all high rise flats and modern flats/maisonettes with communal waste storage, with the exception of those on rural route collection

How to use the food waste service

  • Put one of the free liners into your indoor caddy.
  • Put all cooked and uncooked food waste into your indoor caddy.
  • When the liner is almost full, tie it, remove it from the indoor caddy and replace with a new liner.
  • Put the full liner into your outdoor caddy or communal food bin.
  • Place your outdoor caddy or communal food bin at your normal collection point on your collection day. We will collect it every week. What can I put in my caddy?
  • Your new food waste recycling service can be used for all food - cooked and uncooked. It will even take pet food, egg shells and bones!
  • You can put in leftovers from meals, leftovers from food preparation and out-of-date food left in the fridge or kitchen cupboards
     

Types of food you can put in include:

  • dairy
  • meat and bones
  • fruit and vegetables
  • bread, cakes and pastries
  • rice and pasta
  • fish
  • tea bags and coffee grounds

What happens to the food I recycle?

Your food waste is taken to a special processing plant where it is recycled and turned into valuable resource such as agricultural fertilisers and energy.

Why it's important

Food waste is a valuable resource. More than 30% of the waste in an average bin is food.

Recycling food waste saves money. Landfilling food waste is an expensive way of disposing of it. Collecting food waste separately costs 50% less than sending it to landfill.

Recycling food waste is also better for the environment. When food waste breaks down in landfill, it gives off methane gas. This contributes to climate change and is a waste of a valuable product which can be recycled.

If you are not currently included in the food waste recycling service you can put you food waste directly into your grey bin or consider composting.

Composting

Add food waste to your home compost bin; If you don't currently have a compost bin, see Recycle Now's guide on how to set one up here.

Reducing your food waste is simple, the Love Food Hate Waste Campaign has many tips to help you reduce the amount of food waste you produce.

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