Food waste

You can now use plastic bags to line your food waste recycling caddy, such as freezer bags, carrier bags, pedal bin liners and bags that salad, bread and cereal are bought in.

Compostable bags can still be used. You can also wrap your food waste in newspaper, or leave it loose.

Please note, black bin liners, rubble sacks, and hard plastic packaging are still unacceptable.

Why is this happening?

Residents have told us that having to use compostable liners puts them off recycling their food waste. We have been working closely with Bucks County Council and the operators of the food recycling plant, and they are now able to accept other kinds of liners. It is expected that this improvement will help the environment by increasing the amount of food waste recycled.

What happens to the plastic bags?

Machinery separates the bags and liners from the food waste. Those bags and liners are then sent to the energy from waste plant to be turned into electricity. The remaining food waste is processed, creating energy and a rich fertiliser, to be used in agriculture. 

Take a look at the video for more information:



We collect your food waste weekly.

Please place food waste in your outdoor food recycling bin (brown bin) and present at your property boundary by 7 am on your collection day.

We accept:

  • any food: raw, cooked, burnt, mouldy or out of date
  • peelings
  • plate scrapings
  • tea bags & coffee grounds
  • pet food
  • bones, shells and skins

We do not accept:

  • non-food items
  • packaging
  • garden waste
  • pet bedding / litter

Request an outdoor food recycling bin

If you do not have an outdoor food recycling bin, please use our  online form

We are currently unable to collect food waste recycling from communal properties. Please contact us if you would like to be considered for food waste collections in the future.

Top tips

  • Line your caddy and empty it regularly to keep it clean
  • Rinse your caddy in washing up water, or place it in the dishwasher
  • Line the bottom of your caddy with kitchen roll or newspaper to keep it dry
  • Keep your outdoor food bin locked; push the black handle forward to lock it
  • Present your food bin every week on collection day