Food Waste Recycling

What is avoidable food waste?

Avoidable food waste is food that could have consumed or used for another purpose.

According to a recent study of purple waste bins we found that nearly 30% of the bins contents was food waste, of this 70% of that food waste could have been used.

Examples of waste found in the bins were:

  • unopened bags of salad
  • partly used loaves of bread (including their packaging)
  • fruit and vegetable peelings
  • unopened food that had gone past its use by date

All of the above could have been placed in the food waste caddy. The packaging should have been placed in the purple bin or recycling bin, depending on the type of material it was made from.

Food waste caddies are available if your household does not already have one - order a new caddy for your home here. You will also see a list of what can and cannot be placed in your food waste caddy.

Food Waste Pledge

In an effort to reduce food waste, we want as many households to sign up to our Food Waste Pledge. This contains 12 small simple steps you can take to reduce your food waste and make a difference to the environment.

We're giving away a great prize to one lucky household that signs up before 31 May 2021. So make the pledge and make a difference!


Another effective way of reducing avoidable food waste is by home composting. Things like unused fruit and vegetables or peelings can be used to make compost for gardens.

For more information about composting, visit Recycle Now.