Accessing Council Services:
You can now access services, get advice and support, and transact with us in the following ways:
- By accessing our wide range of 24/7 online services
- By emailing directly to the relevant service
- By phoning First Contact on 01268 882200 (8.45am to 5.15pm Mon to Thurs, and to 4.45pm on Fri).
- By pre-booked appointment at the Kiln Road office (9.00am to 4.00pm Mon to Fri) - these can be arranged by phoning First Contact on 01268 882200.
Food waste - how to recycle
You can purchase caddy liners from:
The two food waste caddies, provided by Castle Point Borough Council.
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:
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, this will help prevent scavenging.
Please ensure the caddy is locked before presenting it for collection.
Lost, need or want additional kitchen or outdoor caddy?
Order for FREE with FREE delivery via our online shop:
What food waste can I recycle?
|Fruit and vegetable peelings, pips and cores|
|Meat and bones|
|Fish & seafood bones and shells|
|Dairy products and egg shells (not liquid)|
|Teabags, tea leaves and coffee grounds|
|Bread and cakes|
|Plate scrapings and left over cooked food|
|Food past its use-by-date (please remove all packaging)|
|Compostable plates, cups, takeaway ware - but why?|
|Cat or dog food|
|Liquids (e.g. milk, oil, soup)|
|Packaging - cans, foil, glass and plastic etc.|
To download a guide on how to recycle your food waste:
Each year, UK households throw away 4.5 million tonnes of edible food. Every little bit of edible food we waste contributes to climate change – be it leftovers from dinner, an unopened bag of salad that’s gone out of date, or slices of uneaten bread.
If we all stopped throwing away food at home for one day it could do the same for climate change as:
- planting over half a million trees
- taking 14,000 cars off the road a year.
By reducing the amount of food we each throw away you could save £700 per year.
What happens to your food waste?
Food waste in Castle Point is recycled via Anaerobic Digestion at a plant in Dagenham.
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 (PAS110 certificated) that is used as a fertiliser on local agricultural land to produce local food.
Food Waste and Garden Waste is no longer collected together. Please ensure these are presented separately for collection.