Houses - waste collection service

Recycling your food waste

You should have two food waste containers:

kitchen caddy
a seven-litre brown kitchen caddy
outside food bin
a larger brown outside food bin with a lockable lid.

Food waste is collected every week. Use our postcode checker to view a collection timetable for your property.
what can go in food waste bin


We recommend you line your kitchen caddy with compostable liners (available to buy in supermarkets) or old newspaper. When your caddy is nearly full, tie the top of your liner (or fold over your newspaper) and put it in your outside food waste bin ready for collection.

What can you put in your food waste bin?

Yes please:

  • Food waste (all uneaten food and plate scrapings)
  • Dairy (dairy products, cheese, eggs)
  • Bread, cake, pastries
  • Meat and bones (raw meat, cooked meat, bones)
  • Tea and coffee grounds (tea bags, coffee grounds)
  • Fruit and vegetables (raw vegetables, cooked vegetables, whole fruit, peelings)
  • Fish (fish, cooked fish, bones)
  • Rice, pasta and beans

No thanks:

  • Packaging of any kind
  • Liquids such as milk
  • Oil or liquid fat
  • Plastic bags
  • Garden waste
  • Any material that is not food waste

Visit our A to Z of Recycling for more details of what can and cannot be recycled.

Good to know:

  • if you would rather use your own indoor container instead of the kitchen caddy provided by us, that’s fine - do whatever works for you
  • if your food waste bin is missing or broken, you can request a replacement using our online form
  • 40% of the waste we used to throw away was food waste. Now that can be recycled instead of being sent to landfill
  • your food waste is taken to a special processing plant in Chertsey, Surrey, where it is turned into compost and used to generate electricity which is fed into the National Grid - the plant is very efficient: just six recycled tea bags can produce enough electricity to boil a kettle!
  • remember the best thing we can do is not waste food in the first place. Visit Recycle for London’s Love Food Hate Waste website for hints and tips in on how to reduce food waste
  • if you put the wrong item in your food waste bin, we will let you know by attaching an advisory notice to it. The offending item (or items) will usually be left behind for you to dispose of in other ways
  • if you have difficulty using or moving the brown food waste bin, you may be eligible for an assisted collection. Please call us on 020 8770 5000 to discuss your needs