Food waste - how to recycle

The two food waste caddies, provided by Castle Point Borough Council.


The Kitchen caddy

Small Caddy

The smaller caddy should be placed in your kitchen for easy disposal of food waste.

To make it cleaner in your kitchen you can either line the caddy with liner sacks or newspaper:

Liner sacks can be purchased for £1.50 for a roll of 25 liners from:

The Outdoor caddy

outside food caddy

When your kitchen caddy is full, simply tie the sack and put it in your large outdoor caddy. The large caddy has a lockable lid to keep it closed and sealed.

Please ensure the caddy is locked before presenting it for collection.


Lost your caddy?

Both Caddies

Lost, need or want additional kitchen or outdoor caddy?

Telephone 01268 882200 or email and a new one will be delivered to you.

Alternatively a new recycling box can be collected from Council Offices, Kiln Road, Benfleet SS7 1TF.


What food waste can I recycle?

Y Fruit and vegetable peelings, pips and cores
Y Meat and bones
Y Fish & seafood bones and shells
Y Dairy products and egg shells (not liquid)
Y Teabags, tea leaves and coffee grounds
Y Bread and cakes
Y Cereals
Y Plate scrapings and left over cooked food
Y Food past its use-by-date (please remove all packaging)


N Cat or dog food
N Liquids (e.g. milk, oil, soup)
N Animal bedding
N Animal waste
N Packaging - cans, foil, glass and plastic etc.
N Plastic bags
N General refuse

What happens to your food waste?

Food waste in Castle Point is recycled via Anaerobic Digestion.

Anaerobic Digestion uses microorganisms  to break down food waste, animal manure, slurries and energy crops in the absence of oxygen, inside an enclosed system. As it breaks down it gives off methane, which is collected and converted into biogas and used to generate electricity, heat or transport fuels. It also creates a nutrient-rich digestate that can be used as a fertiliser for agriculture and in land regeneration



Garden Waste

Food Waste and Garden Waste is no longer collected together.  Please ensure these are presented seperatly for collection.

Green Waste