Food waste

How to use your indoor caddy

Residents who receive a weekly food waste collection are provided with a small 7-litre brown indoor caddy and a larger 23-litre brown outdoor food waste recycling bin for their food waste.

We collect food waste weekly on the same day as your other waste collections. You can line your small kitchen caddy with the following:

  • plastic bags: plastic carrier bags, delivery bags, bread bags and other wrapping can be used as an alternative – the bags are removed when your food waste is processed
  • biodegradable or polythene 7-litre caddy liners are sold in supermarkets and online
  • old newspapers, they absorb moisture well
  • paper bags: reuse paper bags and packaging from grocery shopping, parcels, deliveries or other purchases. 

But the best thing you can do is to reduce the amount of food you throw away. Find out more about how to save money and cut down the amount of food that ends up in the bin at

Did you know?

In 2023, food waste collected from households in Central Bedfordshire generated enough electricity to power over 1,500 houses for a year or 13,000 fridge freezers for a year!

Replacement food waste bags

Find out how to order bins and sacks

What goes in your brown food waste caddy?

  • meat and fish - raw and cooked (including small bones)
  • raw and cooked vegetables and fruit (including peelings, stones and nut shells)
  • all dairy products such as cheese
  • eggs (including shells)
  • bread, pastries and cakes
  • pasta, rice and beans (cooked and uncooked)
  • teabags and coffee grounds
  • plate scrapings (including fish and poultry bones)
  • uneaten leftovers
  • out-of-date food (remove from packaging and recycle packaging separately)
  • pet food
  • solidified cooking oils and fats

What cannot go in your brown food waste caddy?

  • compostable or biodegradable bags and packaging
  • plastic or polystyrene pots or trays
  • tin foil or food containers
  • cardboard packaging
  • liquids like milk or juice
  • large meat bones
  • garden waste such as leaves, soil and grass clippings
  • glass or china
  • pet mess, litter or bedding

Need a handy reminder for the fridge?

You can always download our food waste recycling leaflet (PDF), print it and stick it to the fridge (or any other surface that takes your fancy!)

Order a food waste bin or caddy

Find out how to order food waste bin or caddy.