Household Bin Collections - Food Waste Container

We take your food waste and turn it into compost

Coronavirus (COVID-19): change to service

We are still collecting your little (household waste), big (recycling) and food waste bins as normal. However, on advice from the government regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), we need you to take extra precautions with your waste to protect others.

See further information about changes to services.

Food waste in Christchurch 

Food waste in Poole

Food waste

In the first two years of food waste collections we recycled over 4,300 tonnes of food waste, an average of 8.4 tonnes per day.

This food waste was composted locally in Dorset. It generated enough energy to power the whole recycling process as well as 300 households for an entire year. A liquid soil improver was also made from the food waste and this has been spread on nearby farming land in Dorset and Hampshire. 

Your food waste container is for recycling your food waste and it is emptied weekly.

You can pick up a new roll of compostable caddy liners from your local library or the following Community Centres:

Students who live in a Bournemouth address can pick up a new roll from the following locations:

  • Student Centre, Talbot Campus, BU
  • Student Services, AUB 

All cooked and uncooked food can be recycled including: 

Yes, please

  • Meat, fish and bones
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Dairy
  • Bread, cakes and pastries
  • Pasta and rice
  • Teabags and coffee grounds
  • Egg shells
  • Plate scrapings

No, thanks

Please don’t put these into your food waste container:

  • Garden waste
  • Plastic, paper or cardboard recyclables (Big Bin please)
  • Plastic bags
  • Oil or liquid fats
  • Pet waste
  • Nappies 

How do I use my Food Waste Container?

You have:

  • A small kitchen caddy (5L) – a handy size to keep in your kitchen
  • An outside Food Waste Container (12L or 23L)
  • Compostable caddy liners – line your kitchen caddy with a compostable bag before you fill it

During the week, collect food scraps in your small kitchen caddy. When you want to, you can transfer the contents to the outside 12L and 23L Food Waste Container.

Please remember:

  • Don’t place your food waste container inside your bins
  • Put your container out for collection separately - so we can see it - directly next to, or on top of, your wheelie bin
  • Lock your container by putting the handle in the upright position.

How is food waste collected?

On the rubbish collection week, in most cases (except where we need a small vehicle for access to flats and closes etc) we use a dual compartment vehicle with one compartment for rubbish and another for food waste, meaning both are collected at the same time.

Our recycling vehicles do not have dual compartments, so on the recycling week, food waste containers are emptied by a separate vehicle that only collects food waste, at a different time to the recycling bins. To speed these up, food waste from containers along a road are transferred into a wheelie bin which is emptied into the food waste vehicle.

Compostable liners

Before you put any food in your Food Waste Container, please make sure you line it first using a compostable liner.

You can also use newspaper to line your container or nothing at all.

Please don’t use plastic bags, normal bin bags or even biodegradable plastic bags as they don’t break down into compost. The compostable liners that we give you are especially designed to break down and compost with your food waste. 

How do I get more compostable caddy liners?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: while libraries and public places are closed, kitchen caddy liners are available from most supermarkets and online.

Alternatively kitchen caddies can be lined with newspaper or nothing at all. 

What if my bin isn’t emptied?

You might want to double check you have the right day.

Please remember on your recycling week your food waste bin is emptied by a different vehicle. They will be collected at a different time to your recycling big bin.

If your bin hasn’t been emptied, please wait until the next day before you report it because our crews work all day, they may collect your rubbish later than you expected.