Waste Collections

Food Waste Collections

Turn food waste into Welsh power

In Wales, most recycled food waste is turned into renewable energy which powers Welsh homes and communities. Pretty powerful stuff, right? For powerful tips, facts and stories visit Wales Recycles (opens in a new tab).


Five reasons to recycle your food waste

1) It's easy

2) Contains food smells

3) Caddies lock to stop pests getting access

4) It's collected once a week

5) Turned into electricity


Tips to help you recycle all your food waste

Recycling food waste can keep Wales clean and green. But the process starts in your kitchen, when you get food recycling right.

  • Use a caddy liner to keep your food waste contained. You can request more food waste bags by leaving a note on the top of your green food waste caddy on bin day.
  • Empty your grey indoor food waste caddy into your green outside food waste caddy regularly to avoid it getting too full and splitting or spilling.
  • Keep a lid on it to stop flies getting in, and odours getting out. Don’t forget to close the lockable lid on your outdoor caddy, to prevent pests and safeguard against windy weather.
  • Keep your caddy fresh & clean by giving it a rinse, wipe and dry.


Guidance: what to put in your food waste caddies

Yes please

  • All uneaten food and plate scrapings
  • Tea bags and coffee grounds
  • Out of date or mouldy food
  • Raw and cooked meat, including bones
  • Raw and cooked fish, including bones
  • Dairy products such as cheese
  • Eggs and eggshells
  • Rice, pasta, beans
  • Baked goods such as bread, cakes and pastries
  • Fruit and vegetables including raw and cooked vegetables and peelings
  • Waste cat and dog food from a domestic property. Anything from a commercial premise will be agreed on a case by case basis.

Please remember - If you already compost at home please keep composting your uncooked vegetable and fruit peelings in your bin or heap.

No thanks

  • Packaging of any kind (please recycle what you can in other recycling bags)
  • Plastic bags
  • Liquids - these may leak, causing spillages when transporting the food waste
  • Oil or liquid fat (you can recycle cooking oil at your local Waste and Recycling Centre)


How can I recycle my food waste?

To recycle your food waste all you need is:

  • A large green 23 ltr food waste bin 
  • A silver 5 ltr food waste caddy 
  • An annual supply of bags to line the caddy

Step 1

Get the right equipment – you will need a kitchen caddy, caddy bags
and a kerbside bin.

Kitchen caddy, caddy bags and kerbside bin

Step 2

Line your Kitchen Caddy with the bag

Line your kitchen caddy







Step 3

Place any food waste into the caddy, taking care to exclude any packaging.

Place food waste in bin


Step 4

When your kitchen caddy is full, empty into your kerbside bin and put out for collection once a
week so it can be recycled.

Food waste bins






If you need replacement bags or boxes you can pick them from a number of locations around the county or make a request.

Find out more about replacement bags and boxes.

ID: 386, revised 06/07/2023