In Norfolk, food waste makes up approximately one third of the contents of our bins. The average family could save £700 a year, simply by throwing away less food!
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Food waste collections
Households have their food waste collected separately each week in the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, Norwich City Council and some parts of Broadland District Council areas.
Residents in these places are provided with two food waste caddies; a small caddy is for use inside your home and a larger caddy is used when you put your food waste out for collection.
Items to put in your food caddy
- Leftovers from your meals
- Eggs – including shells
- All dairy products eg cheese
- Vegetables and fruit – raw and cooked
- Bread, cakes and other baked goods
- Meat – raw and cooked, including fat and bones
- Fish – raw and cooked, including bones and shells
- Rice, pasta and beans
- Tea bags and coffee grounds
- Cooking oil, lard and other fats
- Out of date food
- Pet food – wet and dry
Items not to put in your food caddy
- Packaging of any sort eg cardboard, plastic film
- Plastic bags
- Non-food products
- Garden waste
- Straw or other animal bedding/waste
- Other recycling
Keeping your food caddies clean
- To keep your caddy clean, you could line it with either newspaper or a compostable caddy liner.
- You can purchase caddy liners from a number of retailers, including supermarkets, but if you do not want to purchase liners, newspaper work just as well.
- Many people line their caddy all year, but it is particularly advisable to do so in the winter to help stop loose food being frozen to the bin.
- You must not use plastic carrier bags to line your food bins. Even bags that say they’re biodegradable are not acceptable.
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