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Food and Garden Waste


mixed Food and Garden Waste Service

♻️ Residents in the Derry area with large garden waste bins can 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. See infographic for what goes in your mixed food & garden waste bin.


Derry City and Strabane District Council offers food waste collection services to households in the Council district. This 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 2020 Recycling Guide.

If you have a large brown wheelie bin with a mixed food and green waste service refer to the Brown Wheelie Bin Recycling Sticker and/or our 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].

Important Information

  • In some areas food waste caddies are collected once a week (on the same day as either your black or blue bin). Households with a fortnightly garden waste collection service should recycle food using this bin.
  • Make sure your food waste caddy is out for collection by 7:30 am 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.

Lost your Brown Bin 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.
  • 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 or large brown bin

  • Packaging of any sort
  • Plastic bags
  • Liquids
  • 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.