Removal of Food Waste from Brown Bin

The Council is changing the way it collects your food waste to help reduce the cost of delivering this essential service.

From 1st April 2017 all food waste should be placed in your grey refuse bin and not in your brown garden bin. Alternatively, you may compost it at home by using a home composting bin.  This change is taking place because composting food waste is an expensive process as it needs to be sent to a specialist indoor facility where the composting takes place at a controlled temperature to kill the bacteria.

Your food waste will now be sent to an energy recovery facility where it will be burnt to produce electricity.  This change will deliver an annual saving in the region of £280,000 and will help to keep your council tax as low as possible. 

What will happen to the food waste that goes into my grey bin?

Food waste that is placed into the grey bin will be sent to an energy recovery facility for processing and used to produce energy.

Why can I no longer put food waste in my brown bin?

We will no longer be collecting food waste to send to send for composting.  Therefore, any food waste found in your brown bin will be classed as contamination which means that we would be unable to empty your brown bin.

Where do I put my grey bin waste?

You still continue to put your grey bin waste into your grey bin as normal.  You just need to add your food waste to what you normally place in your grey bin.

Why are you making these changes?

These changes are being made to reduce operational costs which will help to protect and develop other services and to help generate energy from the energy recovery facility.

Can I still recycle my food waste?

Yes by composting it at home. There is help and advice on our composting page.  Home composting is a great way to get rid of kitchen scraps and is good for your garden. The website, www.getcomposting.com also provides lots of advice and you can also buy great value compost bins and accessories from the site.

The food will sit in the bin for up to two weeks, I am worried it will rot and smell.

The best way to prevent this is to reduce your food waste and also to wrap your food waste in newspaper or a bin liner.  The Love Food Hate Waste campaign is a great place to start to try and reduce the amount of food wasted from your household.  The website www.lovefoodhatewaste.com contains lots of help and advice on reducing your food waste and also your monthly shopping bill.

If you do dispose of food waste through your grey bin and you use a bin liner tie the bags or tightly wrap the waste, there should be no way for flies to get to it which should prevent maggots. Also keep your bin lid closed at all times. You can also clean out your bin to get rid of any residues using an anti-bacterial cleaner or use a bin cleaning company.

What about windfall apples or spoiled vegetables I have grown in my garden?

These are not acceptable through the brown bin scheme and would still be classed as food waste.  You can compost these at home but they would not be acceptable through the brown bin.

Can I still recycle my garden waste?

Please do continue to recycle your garden waste as this will continue to benefit the environment.  You can still recycle leaves, weeds, tree and shrub prunings, grass cuttings, hedge trimmings and plants in your brown bin.

If you have any questions or further queries regarding these changes please contact Customer Services on 0800 269098 or email environment@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk.  Further information will be delivered to households throughout the Borough over the coming months.