Food waste - how to recycle

Food Waste  




Need more caddy liners?

Garden waste sack


The Kitchen and Outdoor foody caddy is provided by Castle Point Borough Council. Please collect from reception at Council Offices, Kiln Road. 

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 £1.60 for a roll of 25 liners:

The Outdoor caddy

outside food caddyWhen 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 / Damaged your caddy?

Both CaddiesWe can recycle damaged box and food caddy if you bring them to our reception.

Collect a new one from Council Offices, Kiln Road, Benfleet.

Food you can recycle

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
  • Cereals
  • Plate scrapings and left over cooked food
  • Food past its use-by-date (please remove all packaging)

What food waste cant I recycle

  • Compostable plates, cups, takeaway ware - but why?
  • Cat or dog food
  • Liquids (e.g. milk, oil, soup)
  • Animal bedding
  • Animal waste
  • Packaging - cans, foil, glass and plastic etc.
  • Plastic bags
  • General refuse


A guide on how to recycle your food waste:

Food waste recycling - how to...[pdf] 706KB


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Wasting food: it's out of date

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edible food we waste contributes to climate change – be it leftovers from dinner, an unopened bag of salad that’s gone out of date, or slices of uneaten bread.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