Food waste collection

Your food is collected every week and should be put out at the same time as your rubbish and recycling bins. Use your small silver kitchen bin to collect your food scraps each day and then put them into the large food recycling bin which we will empty each week.

Help save £3 million a year

You may have recently noticed a blue bin hanger appear on the lid of your rubbish bin. It's about the food waste recycling service that we offer to all our residents.

Did you know that by recycling your food waste through our collection service, rather than putting it in your rubbish bin, can help save over £3 million a year? That's because it costs councils twice as much to dispose of the food waste in your rubbish bin than it does to recycle it. Currently, the food waste facilities produce enough energy to power 4000 homes for a year.

Food waste is collected every week on the same day as your rubbish or recycling. It goes in a small green bin with a locking handle which you put out next to your other bins. It will be emptied by a separate crew who drive a special food waste dustcart.

If you don't currently have a food waste bin or caddy they are free and you can pick them up from:

  • Runnymede Civic Centre, Station Road, Addlestone, KT15 2AH
  • Fordwater Trading Estate, Ford Road, Chertsey, KT16 8HG
  • Egham Library, High Street, Egham, TW20 9EA

Food waste - carrier bag

Use plastic bags to line your food caddy

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

Use anything from old shopping bags to bread or salad bags - and you can still use newspaper or compostable liners. Please don't include black bin bags or plastic food packaging.

What can go in your caddy?

All cooked and uncooked food waste can go in, including:

  • Tea bags and coffee grounds
  • Fruit and vegetable peelings
  • Egg shells
  • Meat - raw and uncooked
  • Fish bones and skin
  • Mouldy bread, cakes and pastries
  • Food that has passed it's use by date

If you've got smelly food you don't want hanging around inside, simply tie it up in a plastic bag and put it straight in your outside food waste bin.

What cannot go in your food waste caddy?

  • Liquid such as gravy, oil, juice and liquid fat
  • Green waste such as branches, grass, leaves etc
  • Food packaging
  • Coffee filter paper
  • Cut Flowers

Weekly collection

The food waste is collected from your outside food waste bin every week on the same day as your rubbish or recycling. Please remember to put your food bin at the boundary of your property by 6am on your collection day. You can find out when your collection day is by using Check your bin day. All food needs to be wrapped either in a plastic bag or newspaper inside your green food waste caddy. If it's not it can attract vermin and odours. In cold weather it may freeze to the inside of your caddy and we will be unable to empty it.

Moving within and out of the borough

All bins remain the property of Runnymede Borough Council and must to left at the property if you move house.