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Food for thought: recycle more to power our homes

Published Tuesday, 21 March 2017

This week Waverley Borough Council has started its campaign to encourage residents to recycle their food waste.

Waverley has teamed up with Recycle Now and Surrey County Council to deliver a free roll of caddy liners and a recycling guide to every household in the borough over the next four weeks.

Last year we recycled 2,613 tonnes of food waste but we know we can recycle even more banana skins, tea bags and peelings.

What food waste can go into your caddy?

No matter how much or little food waste you produce, please recycle it.

The following items can be put in your food waste caddy to be recycled:

  • plate scrapings
  • uneaten food which you can’t use up
  • mouldy or out of date food – remember to remove all the packaging
  • peelings and banana skins
  • tea bags and coffee grounds
  • bread and pastries
  • dairy products such as cheese
  • egg shells
  • rice, pasta and beans
  • meat, fish and bones (raw and cooked)

You can’t put any packaging, liquids - such as milk or oil, or any material that isn’t food waste in your caddy liner.

How to recycle it

Households should have a grey caddy and a green recycling caddy to recycle food waste.

You can use the smaller grey caddy in your kitchen. Simply line the caddy with a liner or plastic bag, fill it with food waste and, when it’s full, tie up the bag and put it in your green caddy outside. Then leave your green caddy out for collection each week on your normal collection day.

The green caddy locks to keep out animals.

If you don’t have a green or grey food waste caddy, you can order one for free.

Find out more


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