Recycling different types of waste

Food waste bin

How to use your kitchen caddy

Residents in the north (PDF 2.3MB) of Central Bedfordshire are provided with a small 7 litre brown kitchen caddy and larger 23 litre brown collection container for their food waste.

We collect food waste weekly on the same day as your other waste collections; just follow these 2 steps:

  1. line your small kitchen caddy with the polythene food waste bags provided. Please DO NOT use any other type of carrier bags.  If you run out of the polythene food waste bags please wrap any food waste inside newspaper
  2. when it is full, tie the bag and put it into your larger, outside, 23 litre food waste caddy

The outside food bins have lockable lids, which will keep flies out and help deter rats, foxes and squirrels!

Reorder polythene food waste bags

If you require more polythene food waste bags please attach the request tag found at the end of the current roll onto your caddy or call us on 0300 300 8302.

What goes in your brown food waste caddy?

  • meat and fish - raw and cooked (including small bones)
  • raw and cooked vegetables and fruit (including peelings)
  • all dairy products such as cheese
  • eggs (including shells)
  • bread, pastries and cakes
  • pasta, rice and beans
  • teabags and coffee grounds
  • uneaten leftovers from dishes and plates (including fish and poultry bones)
  • out-of-date food

What cannot go in your brown food waste caddy?

  • plastic bag or wrapping
  • plastic or polystyrene pots or trays
  • tin foil or food containers
  • cardboard packaging
  • liquids like cooking oil or juice
  • large meat bones
  • garden waste
  • glass or china
  • pet mess, litter or bedding

What happens to your food waste?

Food waste collected from your brown caddy is taken to an anaerobic digestion facility operated by Tamar (link opens in new window).

Here, it is heated to a high temperature to remove bacteria and make it safe. It is placed in a sealed vessel where the mixture breaks down and the methane gases produced are collected. Electricity is generated from the methane gas collected, which is fed back to the national grid.

The fertilizer produced is used on farmers’ land; therefore all your waste food will be recycled and used for good purposes.

If your waste bin or garden waste sacks are lost, damaged, or need replacing, please telephone 0300 300 8302 or email

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