All cooked and uncooked food can be recycled, this includes:

  • Tea bags and coffee grounds
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Out of date food (no packaging)
  • Meat and bones (cooked and uncooked)
  • Breads and pastries
  • Dairy (e.g. cheese) and egg shells

If you don’t already have a food caddy, order one from us. You can have a smaller one for in your kitchen and / or a larger one (23 litres) for outside that you can empty the smaller one into regularly.

New caddies are delivered within 10-15 working days.  They come with and a roll of 20 compostable bags to get you started, details of where to go when you need more and information about what can go in there.

You can also use the food caddy as it is to put food waste directly into or, if you prefer, you can use compostable bags to line the caddy.

Please don’t put newspaper or plastic bags, including ‘biodegradable’ ones into your food caddy.

Compostable bags are made from natural materials and turn safely into compost along with your food and garden waste. 

They have the word ‘compostable’ on them along with the Seedling logo and the European Standard EN13432 printed on them.

compostable seedling logo

Subsidising the costs 

Although the Council doesn’t provide free bags it does have a heavily subsidised scheme, making the bags affordable for all whilst benefitting local businesses and the environment.

As part of the project, the Council developed a dual-use compostable bag. The dual-use compostable bag can be used once to carry home the resident’s shopping and then again when recycling food waste.

The dual-use compostable bags are currently the largest, strongest and best quality local authority compostable bag in the UK.


A food caddy is no different to your current kitchen bin – its size makes it even easier to empty regularly, ensuring there are no unpleasant smells.

We recommend that your small food caddy for the kitchen is emptied regularly into your larger, outdoor food caddy or green bin.

Using compostable bags to line your food caddy will stop it from getting messy.

Having your food waste in a compostable bag is also the easiest way to transfer your food waste to your outside caddy or green bin.

You can put your food waste in your green bin.

Your green food caddy and garden waste bins will still be emptied every week reducing the potential for bad smells to develop.

Foxes / rats

Our food caddy is designed to keep vermin out. It is lockable and cannot be opened when the handle is pulled forward over the bin or in an upright position, plus it gets emptied weekly.


Your outdoor food caddy has a capacity of 23 litres and should be big enough for the amount of food waste created by the average household over a week.

You can also put your food waste in your green bin which has a higher capacity at 140 or 240 litres.

If you feel that your household is producing a lot of food waste, take a look at the food you are throwing away and see whether there is any way you can reduce this.

Around a third of all food we buy ends up being thrown away and most could have been eaten.

Research suggests that the average family throws away £420 of food a year. For tips on food reduction and how to use leftovers visit the Love Food, Haste Waste website.

What happens next?

Once it has been collected your food and garden waste is taken to a facility where it is recycled into compost.

To find out more go to the recycle for Greater Manchester website.