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.

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)

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.

Lining your Food Waste Container

You don't need to line your food waste container, but if you want to, use newspaper or buy food waste liners which are available from most supermarkets or online. We will not supply liners.

Please don’t use plastic bags, normal bin bags or even biodegradable plastic bags as they don’t break down into compost.

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.