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Food waste recycling

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Food caddy liners will be distributed from 30 January. Delivery will be completed during February and March 2017.

Right stuff in the Right bin


Recycling food waste diverts waste from landfill and helps to reduce the amount of landfill tax the council pays.

Food caddy and liners

All mainland and Cumbrae households have a small brown food caddy for recycling food waste. If not, order a caddy online.

An annual supply of biodegradable liners is provided, free of charge, in the Spring.

Please note:

Using your food caddy

Don't use ordinary plastic bags or liners, they aren't compostable or biodegradable. Contaminated bins will not be uplifted. 

Put vegetable and fruit peelings straight in the garden bin, or wrap in a single sheet of newspaper.

When the liner is almost full, tie it up and put it in your brown bin

What foods can be recycled?

  • dairy
  • meat & fish
  • bones
  • fruit & vegetables
  • bread
  • rice & pasta
  • tea bags and tea leaves
  • coffee grounds
  • egg shells

Food can be cooked or uncooked. Try to avoid oil or liquid.

Food waste collection day

To find out when your bin will be collected, type your postcode into our Localview system, where you can also view and print your waste collection calendar.

Food waste recycling

Food and garden waste is processed to produce compost. This is how we 'close the loop' by collecting your organic waste and recycling it to make new products. Follow us on Twitter for notice of our compost giveaways or watch for local newspaper adverts.

Our targets

We have a 70% recycling target by 2025, as set by Scotland's Zero Waste Plan

Food waste, facts and figures

Scottish households throw away £1 billion worth of food every year. That's 600,000 tonnes of food. Visit the Love Food Hate Waste website for information about reducing food waste.

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