Food waste

Free caddy liner trial

Caerphilly County Borough is on a mission. We need to tackle climate change and boost recycling rates, but we need your help. To help meet and exceed our recycling targets, we have launched an exciting 12-month trial.

The trial will provide residents with free indoor food waste caddy liners. The first 6-month supply of liners are being delivered to resident’s doors from December 2023.

The following 6-month supply will then be available for collection.

What food waste can be recycled?

Find out more about what goes in your food caddy.

How to prevent your food waste caddy from smelling?

Keep your food waste caddies free from smells and odours in a few simple steps:

  • Line your kitchen caddy with newspaper, compostable liners or bread bags. This will help to keep your food waste contained.
  • Avoid putting any liquids such as milk or oil in your caddies. Top tip – give tea bags an extra squeeze and allow to cool before putting them into the caddy. This will help to prevent moisture build up.
  • Empty your kitchen caddy in to your outdoor regularly.
  • Closing the lid on your kitchen caddy will prevent smells and flies. Don’t forget you should also lock your outdoor caddy. This will help to prevent pests and protect against windy weather.
  • Clean your caddies regularly with warm soapy water. Top tip – lemon is a natural odour neutraliser. Rub the flesh of a lemon onto the inside of your caddy to keep it smelling fresh.

How to recycle food waste?

We collect food waste from all 80,000 households every week, so recycling your food waste couldn’t be easier.

Food waste is composed of about 70% water, requiring more energy to burn it. As a result, this makes it a less efficient method of disposal than recycling.

We are currently offering residents who take part in the food waste service. Residents have the chance to win £500 cash!

We will check houses each month. One food recycling participant will be chosen at random to win £500. To enter, put your food waste caddy out for collection.

For more information email recyclingwards@caerphilly.gov.uk or call 01443 866533.

Request a new food waste caddy free of charge Or please call 01443 866533.

What if I don’t produce any food waste?

Remember there is no amount too small. The best thing we can do with our food is enjoy it. But some waste like banana skins, tea bags and bones are inevitable, and these can all be recycled.

How do I get a food waste caddy?

Residents can have a 5 litre kitchen caddy and a 23 litre outdoor caddy for kerbside collection. You can request both caddies free of charge.

Will the food in my bin smell?

Your food waste caddy will not smell if you clean it regularly and follow the cleaning tips above.

What liner should I use in my kitchen caddy

Most people put a liner in their kitchen caddy to keep the food waste contained. You can line your caddy with newspaper, compostable liners or other bags such as bread bags.

Top Tips

  • You can line your caddy with compostable liners, bread bags or newspaper.
  • Whenever you need to empty your caddy, tie the top and put it in your outdoor caddy – empty your kitchen caddy regularly to prevent smells.
  • Remember your outdoor caddy comes with a lockable handle.
    Put your outdoor caddy out for collection before 5:30am. You can check your bin day to make sure it is out on the correct day.
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