Food recycling

NEW! You can now line your food waste caddy with plastic bags (e.g carrier bags, pedal bin liners, bread bags) or compostable liners and newspaper. Please do not use black bags.

The small green food recycling bin

Food waste binYour food is collected every week. Use your small kitchen bin to collect your food scraps each day and then transfer them into the large food recycling bin which we'll empty each week.

Find out more about what happens to your recycling. (586.0 KB) PDF

What can go in your food recycling bin?

Food waste items

All your raw and cooked food waste such as leftovers and spoilt food, and including:

  • meat and fish - raw and cooked including bones
  • all dairy products such as cheese and eggs
  • raw and cooked vegetables and fruit
  • bread, cakes and pastries
  • rice, pasta and beans
  • uneaten food from your plates and dishes
  • tea bags and coffee grounds
  • cooking oil, lard and fats (do not put cooking oil in plastic containers)
  • old cut flowers

What cannot go in your food recycling bin?

  • Please don't put in any food packaging into the caddy, unless its being used as a liner e.g salad bag, bread bag or cereal packet. For example, if you are removing out of date food from your fridge, please remove the bacon from its packet, or the fruit from its punnet.

Need a new bin?

If your large food bin goes missing or is damaged after you've put it out for collection please contact Biffa using the details in the contact section of this page so they can arrange for it to be replaced.

We can't replace the smaller bin that you keep in the kitchen.  These are available from most high-street hardware stores, garden centres and supermarkets.

Lining your food recycling bin

Food waste can be put into your food waste bin loose, wrapped in a couple of sheets of newspaper, or in plastic or compostable liners. Please do not use black bags.

Caddy liner project

Some households are receiving rolls of caddy liners supplied by Oxfordshire County Council and Agrivert, the district’s food waste processor, being delivered from July 2017.

This is part of a countywide project led by the county council and we hope it will assist and encourage those households to recycle food waste. 

Last reviewed: 31 - 08 - 2017

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