Food and Garden Waste
MIXED FOOD AND GARDEN WASTE RECYCLING
Residents in the Derry area with large garden waste bins must now also recycle food waste in their big brown wheelie bin. Food waste must continue to be bagged in compostable liners and should go out on the normal garden waste collection day. Our teams will be notifying all affected households. Areas without garden waste bins should continue to recycle food waste using their caddies. WHAT GOES IN YOUR MIXED FOOD AND GARDEN WASTE BIN?
Mixed food and garden waste recycling guide:
Areas serviced in new mixed food and garden waste scheme and collection days:
- In some areas food waste caddies will continue to be collected once a week (on the same day as either your black or blue bin). This applies to households without a brown wheelie bin.
- Make sure your food waste caddy is out for collection by 7am on your collection day and can be seen.
- Tie a bag around your bin handle if you need more compostable liners.
- Remember to keep good hygiene by washing your bin.
YOUR FOOD WASTE SERVICE
Food waste is turned into compost which is used in local parks, gardens and cemeteries. This saves food waste going to landfill which is good for the environment reducing harmful emissions and it saves money which can be spent on other local services and events.
For information on what goes in your food waste caddy see our Recycling Guide.
If you have a large brown wheelie bin with a mixed food and green waste service refer to the guide on what goes in your brown wheelie bin.
To order a food waste caddy or to report a problem call 02871 374107 or email [email protected].
Lost your CADDY or need an extra one?
The following items can be put into the food waste caddies and large brown bins
- Meat and fish-raw and cooked including bones
- Fruit and Vegetables –raw and cooked.
- All dairy products such as cheese yoghurt etc.
- 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 or large brown bin
- Packaging of any sort
- Plastic bags
- Oil or Liquid fat
What happens to your food and garden 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.
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