plastic bag caddy photoYour food waste collection service

Food waste is collected from houses in Surrey every week at the same time as your waste or recycling collection, by your district or borough council.

To find out what day your food waste is collected, or to order a replacement caddy if needed, contact your local district or borough council. You can select your local council from the green box on the right.

How can I line my caddy?

You can now line your food waste caddy with plastic bags or liners, which makes it easier, cheaper and cleaner to recycle your food.

You can use anything from old shopping bags to bread or salad bags – and you can continue to use newspaper or leftover compostable liners. Please don’t include black bin bags or other food packaging.

Even if you do line it, it is still advisable to wash your kitchen and outside caddies periodically to keep them clean and help avoid any unwanted smells.

Find out more about using plastic bags in your caddy.

What can be collected?

All your food waste can go in your kitchen caddy, not just fruit and vegetable peelings, but egg shells, bones, tea bags, coffee grounds and anything past its use by date. 

Please be careful not to include any packaging (except plastic bags) such ready meal trays, or liquids including milk and cooking oil.

For more information take a look at the full list of what can and can't be collected.

How does it work?

Keep a caddy in your kitchen where you can easily collect and store your food waste (these are supplied by your district or borough council).

When it's full, just transfer the food waste to your outside caddy, and make sure you lock the lid to keep out pests and keep in any unpleasant odours.

When is it collected?

Your food waste is collected every week on the same day as your general waste or recycling collection. There may be different arrangements if you live in a flat, check your local district or borough council website for more information.

What happens to the food waste?

After it is collected from your outside caddy, your food waste is taken to an anaerobic digestion (AD) facility. Through AD, micro-organisms break down the food waste producing biogas which is collected and used to generate electricity, heat and transport fuel. It also creates biofertiliser that can be used in farming and land regeneration.

Find out more about anaerobic digestion.