Please note (reviewed 22 June): Food waste collection is temporarily suspended due to the Coronavirus outbreak. This is a decision based solely on the safety of our waste crews. We ask that you try to reduce your food waste (as always) as much as possible, or to compost if you can. If this isn’t possible, the food waste should, for the time being be placed in your black bin.
These are unprecedented times and we don’t take this decision lightly given how much effort residents have put into increasing food recycling in recent months. However, the safety of our staff must be our first priority and we need to safeguard our essential services as much as we can at this difficult time. Our other waste collection services (black/green bins) will continue as usual.
Use your small kitchen caddy to collect food waste each day and then transfer it into your larger brown food waste bin ready for collection.
The delivery time for a food waste bin or kitchen caddy is currently 20 working days. Food waste collection is not available for residents in flats 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 soil conditioner.
- Eastleigh's food waste will provide enough energy to power 214 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 parks, farms and gardens
Food waste that is put into your black household waste bin does not get recycled. Instead, it goes to be incinerated, wasting this valuable resource.
What can you put in your food waste bin?
All your raw and cooked food waste leftovers including:
- Teabags and coffee grounds
- Fruit and vegetables
- Meat and bones
- Bread and pastries
- Shredded paper
- Cut flowers
What can’t you put in your food waste bin?
- Plastic bags
- Cat litter/animal faeces
How can I reduce the amount of food waste I produce?
You can find information on how to reduce food waste on the Love Food, Hate Waste website.
Wrapping your food waste
Please remember to line your kitchen caddy with newspaper or a compostable liner, as everything that goes into your food waste bin must be wrapped.
You can simply use a sheet or two of newspaper to wrap your food waste in or, if you prefer to use a compostable liners, you can purchase these from most major supermarkets.
Choose liners designed to fit a seven litre caddy and make sure that they are fully compostable. Look out for the seedlings logo.
Due to health and safety requirements, we are not able to collect food waste that is loose in the bin.