Food waste

You can use compostable food bin liners, newspaper, bread bags, salad bags or plastic carrier bags to line your bin.

Yes please

  • tea bags and coffee grounds, bread, cakes and pastries
  • rice, beans and pasta
  • leftover cooked food
  • meat and fish - raw and cooked including bones
  • all fairy products such as eggs and cheese
  • pet food

No thanks

  • packaging of any sort
  • liquids
  • oil or liquid fat

Composting is the best option for any food waste.

If your food waste bin is not emptied on your collection day, please continue to use it and we will collect it the following week.

Some properties may not be able to be part of the rubbish/recycling/food waste scheme because there is no space for bins, this is usually high rise flats. For enquiries please contact Neighbourhood Services.

Ordering a new bin

If you need a new food waste bin you can collect one from one of our Community Centres, the Council Offices or order one online.

Cut food waste and save up to £60 a month by:
  • planning meals
  • cooking the right amount
  • use up your leftovers
  • freeze as much as you can
  • know your 'use by' dates

Love Food Surrey supports the national Love Food Hate Waste campaign, visit their website for more advice.

Use by dates

You should not eat food after the 'use by' date as it could make you unwell even if it looks and smells fine. If food can be frozen, its life may be extended beyond the 'use by' date, check the instructions on the packaging.

Best before dates

Except in the case of eggs, 'best before' dates are about quality, not safety. When the date passes, it does not mean that the food will be harmful, but it might begin to lose a little flavour and texture.