Food waste

A kitchen caddy and special external bin, with a lockable lid, are provided for weekly food waste collections provided to most households in Somerset.

Use the food waste collections to recycle all cooked and raw food waste, including:

  • Meat and fish – including bones and carcasses that fit in your caddy
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Cheese and eggs
  • Bread, pasta and cereal
  • Tea bags and coffee grounds – including coffee filter paper
  • Pet food
  • Paper kitchen towel and napkins

Please do not include food packaging or plastic bags.  Please do not use the food waste service to dispose of garden or any other household wastes.Seedling Loop compostable logo

To keep your kitchen caddy and food bin clean, use newspaper to wrap food or line caddy or buy special compostable liners, with the looped seedling logo. Do not use other type of bags. Even those marked “biodegradable” do not degrade fully or quickly enough.

Place food waste in kitchen caddy and then transfer to the larger kerbside bin for collection.  The lid “locks” when the handle is pulled forward and can be opened by moving the handle backwards. Please lock the lid when putting out for collection to deter pests and avoid spills.

Wash hands and surfaces after handling food and store it away from heat with the lid closed.

To avoid problems from flies during hot weather, please follow our advice on storing food waste in hot weather.

In Somerset, separated food waste is taken to a special processing plant near Bridgwater to make green energy and a compost material to use on local farms.

Thank you for using the kerbside collection service to recycle your food waste rather than sending it to landfill.