Making food waste history

Date of last review: 17 July 2014

The Council have introduced a new weekly food waste collection as part of the new recycling service. All houses have been delivered a food caddy to present at the kerbside each week with the other containers due for collection that day.

A number of houses previously received smaller caddies to be kept in the kitchen, there is limited stock still available on a first come basis. To request a small sink-side caddy please phone or email our contact centre. 

An initial supply of liners have been provided with the caddy to help dispose of the food waste. The liners are designed to fit the smaller caddy or other container and once full be transferred in to the larger caddy.

Food caddy
food waste 
yes  YES to food waste.

yesYou can use your small food caddy to make it easier to transfer food waste to your larger food caddy.

yesDO keep the lid closed to keep flies out and smells in.

yesDO use a compostable liner or wrap food tightly in newspaper, paper bags or kitchen towel to keep your bin clean. Liners are available at many supermarkets and online and must display the seedling logo and a certified EN number.

bewareDON'T put liquids or very wet food in your caddy, as this will break the liner.

Can I use liners to keep my food caddy clean?

Yes, we accept compostable liners provided they have the seedling logo and certified EN number.

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Where can I get more caddy liners from?

You can purchase liners from the larger branches of supermarkets. In addition online sites will sell the liners. The original liners supplied by the Council were intended to be used with the smaller sink side caddy, then once full transferred to the bigger caddy.

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How can I prevent fruit flies and maggots?

Wrap food waste properly. Make sure that the bin lid is shut properly and, where possible, store bins out of direct sun light. 

By minimising the amount of time food waste is left out before going in to the caddy this will reduce the chance of flies getting to the waste resulting in maggots.

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How can I prevent maggots?

See advice for hot weather on keeping flies and their maggots away.

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How do I line my food caddy with a caddy liner?

It is important to be able to close the lid on your caddy to keep out flies and keep in smells. Tie the liner to seal the food waste before putting it in the bigger caddy.

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Date of last review: 24 August 2016