Renfrewshire Council

Food waste and food recycling bins

How to use the food waste recycling service, what goes in your food caddy bin, If you need more food caddy bin liners, what happens to the recycled food, why it's important to recycle food, composting.

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

We have a food waste recycling scheme which serves all properties currently on wheeled bin services and all high rise flats and modern flats or maisonettes with communal waste storage, with the exception of those on a rural route collection.

How to use the food waste recycling 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.
  • Your new food waste recycling service can be used for all food - cooked and uncooked, including 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  • You can put in leftovers from meals, leftovers from food preparation and out-of-date food left in the fridge or kitchen cupboards

What goes in your food caddy bin

These items can go in your food caddy bin:

✔ Cooked and uncooked food
✔ Leftovers
✔ Fruit and vegetable peelings
✔ Tea bags and coffee grounds
✔ Egg shells
✔ Out of date food (remove packaging)
✔ Bread, cakes, rice and pasta
✔ Dairy products
✔ Meat, fish and small bones
✔ Pet food

Don't put these items in your food caddy bin:

✘ Plastic bags
✘ Packaging
✘ Liquids
✘ Fats and oils
✘ Plastics, cans and glass
✘ Paper, card and cardboard
✘ Garden waste

If you need more food caddy bin liners

If you need more bin liners, tie one liner to the handle of your food caddy and the collection crew will leave you a new roll. However, they only have a set amount with them on their rounds.

You can also tie a liner to your brown bin or caddy to show you want more food bin liners.

You can also collect a roll of liners from any household waste recycling centre. Or you can call 0300 300 0380 or email for more food caddy bin liners.

If you don't have any liners, you can put food waste directly into your food caddy or wrapped in newspaper.

If you also have a brown bin, you can store your food waste indoors in your food caddy bin and put the filled liner in your brown bin when it is full.

What happens to the recycled food

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 to recycle food

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.


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.