Use your small kitchen caddy to collect food waste each day and then transfer it in to your larger brown food waste bin to be collected.
The delivery time for a kitchen caddy is currently 20 working days. Food waste collection is not available for residents with communal bins.
Why recycle your food waste?
By using a process called 'anaerobic digestion' we can turn food waste into renewable energy and a useful spoil conditioner.
- Eastleigh's food waste will provide enough electricity to power 121 homes each year
- Each lorry load of food waste will generate enough energy to power your fridge for up to four years
- A single caddy load of food waste can generate enough electricity to toast eight slices of bread
- Recycling just one tea bag a day for a month can produce the energy to make another five cups
- Soil conditioner produced from broken down food waste improves the soil in local outdoor spaces like local parks, farms and gardens
Food waste that is put into your black household waste bin does not get recycled. It goes to be incinerated, wasting this valuable resource.
What can you put in your food waste bin?
All your raw food and cooked food waste leftovers including:
- Teabags and coffee grounds
- Fruit and vegetables
- Meat and bones
- Bread and pastries
- Shredded paper
- Cut flowers
What you can’t put in your food waste bin
- Plastic bags
- Cat litter/animal faeces
Lining your kitchen caddy
Please remember to line your kitchen caddy with newspaper or a compostable liner, as all food waste must be wrapped.
Lining your food waste bin
You can simply use a sheet or two of newspaper to wrap your food waste in. If you prefer to use a liner, choose ones designed to fit a seven litre caddy. Make sure that they are fully compostable and display the seedlings logo, or state they are 100% compostable with the reference EN13432. Due to health and safety requirements, we are not able to collect food waste that is loose in the bin.