One of the best ways to have a positive impact on the environment as a resident is to get a food waste collection bin separate from your general waste bin. But the local councils do no offer such a service and so many households end up putting their discarded food into their general waste wheelie bin.


Not only does this prevent the discarded food from being recycled (which it can be!), but when it is mixed with the general waste it ends up in landfill. Then, in landfill, it decomposes and creates methane gas which is extremely harmful to the environment. 


Globally, the situation is so bad that if wasted food was a country, it would be the third-largest producer of carbon dioxide in the world, after the United States and China. Food waste generates 3.3 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide, which accelerates global climate change.


What CAN be put into your food waste collection bin:

  • All uneaten food and plate scrapings
  • Teabags and coffee grounds
  • Any out of date or mouldy food (if removed from packaging)
  • Raw and cooked meat and fish, including small bones

What CAN’T be put into your food waste collection bin:

  • Non-food products
  • Any type of packaging
  • Liquids such as milk (because they can leakages and spill)
  • Large bones (small bones like chicken wings are fine)


The UK produces the most amount of food waste in Europe. In the UK, around 14 million tonnes of food is waste each year. That’s nearly twice the amount of Sweden and Spain and third higher than Germany, who happen to be the second-largest producers of food waste in Europe.


Whilst it’s bad that we waste this much food, if we were to all use a separate food waste bin, this waste could be used to make useful substances such as biofuel or fertilizers rather than decomposing and harming the Earth in landfill. That’s why we urge our customers to use an individual food waste collection bin.


If you choose our food waste collection service, we will provide you with a new bin specifically for this type of waste so that you can have an immediate positive impact on the environment.