Food Waste

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Line your food waste caddy with:

  • plastic bags such as old shopping bags, bread or salad bags
  • newspaper
  • compostable liners

Please don’t use black bin bags or plastic food packaging to line your bin.

Yes Please!

  • fruit and vegetable peelings
  • egg shells
  • bones
  • tea bags
  • coffee grounds
  • anything past its use by date

No Thanks!

  • ready meal trays
  • liquids including milk, yoghurt, oil or fat
  • black bags


All properties in Mole Valley (excluding flats) receiving the food waste collection service can use:

  • 7L silver indoor food caddy
  • 23L green outdoor food waste bin with a lockable lid

Request a new or replacement bin

Most flats with communal bins will have a small-wheeled bin with a red lid in the communal area as well as individual 7L silver indoor food caddies for food waste.

When the caddy is full simply empty the contents into the outdoor food waste bin.

On your collection day

  • place the green food bin at your collection boundary alongside your other bin
  • put out on the correct day for collection by 6am

All food waste bins are emptied using a separate collection vehicle. Keep your food caddy out until 4pm on your day of collection to ensure it is emptied.

Find out more about what happens to your food waste.

Home composting

Many households use home composting as a method of recycling food waste.

Love Food Hate Waste

The ‘Love Food Hate Waste‘ campaign aims to educate the public on the levels of food being wasted as well as to promote methods and every day changes you can undertake to reduce it.