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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

Food Waste  


Need more caddy liners?

Garden waste sack

You can purchase caddy liners from:


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:

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, this will help prevent scavenging.

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?

Order for FREE with FREE delivery via our online shop:

What food waste can I recycle?

Food you can 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 Compostable plates, cups, takeaway ware - but why?
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

To download a guide on how to recycle your food waste:

Food waste recycling - how to...[pdf] 547KB

Wasting food: it's out of date

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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edible food we waste contributes to climate change – be it leftovers from dinner, an unopened bag of salad that’s gone out of date, or slices of uneaten bread.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.

It's time to change our ways

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.




Garden Waste

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

Green Waste