Some local councils provide a food waste caddy or bin for residents. Also, if you run a restaurant, café or any other establishment that serves food, you will no doubt have a food waste bin too, to reduce your waste costs and be kinder to the environment.
So, what is a food waste bin and what can be put in them? This will differ from council to council and from waste management company to waste management company, but below is a general guide that will be relevant for most.
The size of your food waste bin or wheelie bin will depend on the amount of waste being produced and how often the container is being emptied.
If you run a business, your waste management company will audit your waste and sort this out for you.
If you’re a domestic recycler, your local council will provide you with a bin (and sometimes a caddy) and let you know when the bin will be emptied.
We would recommend a wheelie bin lock being fitted to outside food waste bins to deter flies, foxes, rats, and so on.
Once you have collected your food waste up in your kitchen caddy and then bin or wheelie bin, it will be transported elsewhere.
Depending on who collects your food waste, there are various outcomes for it.
When it is kept separate to garden waste, it will often be collected and transported to an anaerobic digestion site, where it will be used to produce green energy.
Where your waste is mixed (food waste and garden waste), it may be sent to be commercially composted instead.
In this situation, it is often used to create a compost which is then used for agriculture, horticulture, and landscaping.
If you’re a keen gardener, own an allotment or veg plot, or are a member of a gardening club, you may be eager to make your own compost.