Food waste

Food waste is collected in Calderdale, so that you can recycle more. We can then process this in an environmentally friendly way.

All you need to do is put food waste into your small kitchen caddy, inside the biodegradable bags provided. These bags then go into your large caddy, which is put out for collection. Your food waste is collected every week, on the same day and time as your normal recycling collection.

How do I use my food caddies?

To enable you to separate your food waste easily from the rest of your waste we provide you with:

  • a kitchen caddy, to collect your waste in the kitchen;
  • biodegradable bags, to line the kitchen caddy;
  • a larger outdoor caddy, for placing (tied) waste food bags in, ready for collection.

What to do with your food waste

  1. Collect your waste in the small kitchen caddy;
  2. Tie up the bag to transfer it;
  3. Store the waste in the larger caddy ready for collection.

Note: Please use the waste food bags provided by the Council. Other alternatives may not meet the standard required by the processing plant.

When you require new waste food bags, just leave a note on your large caddy on collection day. The recycling crew will then leave a roll of liners inside your outdoor caddy.

What can I put in my caddy?

You can place any raw or cooked food into your caddy.

Yes please . . .

  • meat and fish (raw or cooked, including bones);
  • all dairy products, such as, eggs and cheese;
  • vegetables and fruit (raw or cooked);
  • bread, cakes and pastries;
  • rice, pasta and beans;
  • uneaten food from your plates and dishes; and
  • tea and coffee grounds.

No thanks . . .

  • packaging of any sort;
  • animal food;
  • animal waste;
  • plastic bags;
  • liquids;
  • oil or liquid fat;
  • tins;
  • cans; and
  • glass.

Environmentally friendly

Why recycle food waste?

Did you know that rotting food in landfill generates methane gas? This is a greenhouse gas that is 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Your actions will help to cut down on the amount of food waste that ends up in landfill sites. The average household bin is made up of 20% of food waste. So, it is important to reduce the amount of food that we throw away, visit Love Food Hate Waste . Then we can recycle everything that is leftover, to prevent it from going to a landfill site.

What happens to food waste?

Once we have collected your food waste, it is taken to a special processing plant. There it is treated in an enclosed vessel, which breaks down the food. This produces green energy using a process called 'Anaerobic Digestion'. This generates renewable energy and a nutrient-rich fertiliser, which can be used to grow more food.