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Food Caddy


Your Food Waste Service

Derry City and Strabane District Council now offer food waste collection services to households in the Council district. This new service means we spend less money on dealing with food waste and we can spend more on services for you and your family. It will also help the environment by reducing harmful emissions from landfill.

Important Information

  • Food Waste is collected once a week (on the same day as either your black or blue bin)
  • Make sure your food waste caddy is out for collection by 7:30 am on your collection day and can be seen.
  • Tie your corn starch liner to keep your food waste caddy clean.
  • Remember to keep good hygiene by washing the bin.
  • If you need more starch liners leave a note for our collection staff or give us a call.

Lost or Misplaced your Brown Food Caddy?

The following items can be put into the food waste caddies

  • Meat and fish-raw and cooked including bones
  • Fruit and Vegetables –raw and cooked.
  • All dairy products such as cheese yoghurt etc.
  • Eggs
  • Bread, cakes and pastries
  • Rice, pasta and beans
  • Uneaten food from your plates and dishes
  • Tea bags and coffee grounds

Please do not put any of these materials in your Caddy

  • Packaging of any sort
  • Plastic bags
  • Liquids
  • Oil or Liquid fat

What happens to your food waste?

  • Your food waste is taken to a special processing plant where it is recycled into compost which is used on farms and community gardens. 
  • By recycling your food waste you will reduce the amount of food waste in landfill sites.
  • Rotting food produces methane gas which contributes to climate change and, as the cost of sending food waste to landfill is increasing, you will help the council and its residents save money too.