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Food waste makes up 20% of the waste in your bin. This is over 3,000 tonnes per year across the borough. We need to collect it, we need to compost it. Help us reduce the amount we landfill.
Liners for internal caddies -
The annual sack delivery is carried out in March and April and usually takes us between 6 – 8 weeks to complete delivering to all householders within the borough. If you are running low on orange recycling sacks or food waste bags you can in the mean time collect these free from the Council Reception, Libraries, and selected retailers (see below).
The delivery will consist of the following:
1 roll of orange sacks (52 sacks per roll)
1 roll of food waste bags (25 bags per roll)
Information flyer regarding Waste and Recycling and includes calendar.
Community tree flyer.
Additional orange sacks and food waste bags can be collected for free from the Council reception or the retailers listed below.
Online Services -
- Report a missed food waste collection
- Report a food waste enquiry
- Order a food waste caddy (large or small)
If you have recently moved into Brentwood and require recycling receptacles and a collection calendar please go to the Moving In/Out page and complete our online form.
To help you recycle your food waste we will provide:
An internal kitchen caddy (with lockable lid) To be kept in the kitchen for easy storage of your food waste, until you transfer it into the external caddy for collection.
A starter pack of compostable caddy liners (x25bags) To line the kitchen caddy, keeping it clean and easier to use. Additional liners can be collected for free or you can line your food waste caddy with newspaper. Lining your kitchen caddy with newspaper
An external caddy (with lockable lid) For food waste to be transferred into and presented on the kerbside for weekly collection.
Instruction booklet A booklet on how to use the new service. How to use your internal kitchen caddy and kerbside caddy
What can I put in my caddy?
- All raw & cooked food waste
- Meat & fish - raw & cooked including bones
- Fruit & vegetables - raw & cooked
- All dairy products e.g. eggs & cheese
- Bread, cakes & pastries
- Rice, pasta & beans
- Uneaten food from your plates & dishes
- Tea bags & coffee grounds
No thanks! Please do not put any of these materials in your food waste caddy:
- Plastic bags
- Solid fats www.keep-it-clear.co.uk
- Animal food waste
- Packaging of any sort
Q. Where can I get more kitchen caddy liners?
A. Additional liners can be collected free of charge from the Council Reception, 1-2 Seven Arches Road, Brentwood library and Shenfield library or from various retailers listed below. Additionally, residents can also buy other brands of the liners from most supermarkets (prices may vary). Please ensure the bags are compostable and all liners used meet the specification for EN13432 and therefore carry the seedling logo on the packaging.
Any bag that does not compost at the same time as the food waste will contaminate the soil improver. It is therefore important that ONLY compostable bags are used in the caddies.
Residents can also use newspaper to line the internal caddy Lining your kitchen caddy with newspaper
Current Council approved stockists supplying food waste sacks for free are;
- Chelmsford Star Co-operative, 1 Fingrith Hall Lane, Blackmore
- Londis Stores, 19 Warley Hill, Brentwood
- Budgens, 74 Church Lane, Doddinghurst
- Costcutter, 156 Brentwood Road, Herongate
- Chelmsford Star Co-Operative, 62-64 Woodlands Avenue, Hutton
- MS Supermarket (Costcutter), 52 Hanging Hill Lane, Hutton
- RG Newsagents, Springfield Avenue, Hutton
- Brentwood Superstore, Unit 1, Crescent Road, Warley
- Council reception, 1-2 Seven Arches Road, Brentwood
- Brentwood Library, New Road, Brentwood
- HJ Looker, 247 Ongar Road, Brentwood
- Ingatestone Library, High Street, Ingatestone
- Ingatestone & Fryerning Parish Council, Suite 1 first floor, 4 The Limes, Ingatestone
- Patrick Green Ltd, 49 High Street, Ingatestone
- Shenfield Library, Hutton Road, Shenfield
- Ash's Londis, Thorndon Avenue, West Horndon
- Recycling site, car park of Warley Depot, The Drive, Warley
Q. Will my external food waste caddy get broken into by animals before it is collected?
A. Your external caddy has a lockable lid, designed to prevent animals from breaking into it or spilling if tipped over. Always remember to keep your caddy handle in the locked position for storage and when presenting for collection.
Q. Will my black sack collection be affected by these changes?
A. No, black refuse sacks will continue to be collected weekly.
Q. I already compost at home- what should I do?
A. Composting at home is one of the greenest ways to recycle lots of your food waste. If you already do this please continue. Food waste not composted at home can be recycled by using your outdoor caddy.
Q. What happens if I have another question?
A. If you are unsure of anything please contact us on 01277 312500.
What happens to your food waste?
Your food waste is collected on the same day as your dry recycling, so please present your orange sacks next to your food caddy. The vehicle used for collection has two compartments for storage, this means your food waste will be kept separate from your dry recycling.
The crew collects both recyclates in a slave bin and removes the dry recycling (orange bag waste) when they arrive at the vehicle for unloading the bin.
Once collected your food waste is taken to a special composting plant and will be used as a rich nutrient soil fertilizer on farms.
Dry recycling is transported to a recycling facility, where upon it is segregated and compacted in to each commodity.
Benefits of the new service
- Your household bin will be cleaner and less full
- It reduces the odour from rotting waste food by providing a special container for weekly collection
- Your new collection is easy and convenient to use
- You can recycle up to 20% more of your waste
- It reduces the amount of waste sent to landfill, cutting the cost of waste disposal
- Streets will be cleaner as the likelihood of black sacks being ripped apart by animals will be reduced.
Facts about Food Waste
- 84% of people claim not to waste food. If this were the case only 16% of the UK population would be wasting 8.3 million tonnes of food every year.
- 8.3 million tonnes of food is thrown away in the UK every year, of this 5.3 million tonnes could have been avoided.
- The average family with children could save up to £50 per week or on average £680 per year.
- We throw away more food in our homes than packaging.
- We leave 1.2 million tonnes of food on our plates.
- The amount of food wasted in the UK equates to £10 billion a year.
- 1/3 of food we buy we throw away, that is more than all the food sold in Tesco.
- 2.9 million tonnes of food are thrown away by consumers before being cooked or served
- 7 million slices of bread are wasted each day in the UK
- 5.1 million potatoes are thrown away each day in the UK
- An estimated 20% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions are associated with food production, distribution and storage.
For more information on food waste visit: www.lovefoodhatewaste.com
Christmas is a time for entertaining friends and family and it can get quite expensive, especially when you buy too much food. Love Food Hate Waste have lots of ideas and recipes to help you plan for big family dinners or parties as well as ‘cook once and eat twice’ leftover food tips that save you time and money at www.lovefoodhatewaste.com
For collection days over the festive period, please refer to your calendar or visit our website www.brentwood.gov.uk where you will find the Collection Day Finder in the Recycling section. Or why not sign up to receive SMS text reminders of your recycling collections days or notifications of changes to your refuse/recycling days which will be especially handy over the Christmas and New Year period. To sign up go to www.brentwood.gov.uk/textservice
Feedback from local resident, Mrs Beattie
"I just wanted to say well done for the smooth implementation of the new food waste recycling initiative. The information provided to residents was easy to follow and the materials provided are easy to use. The indoor caddy works perfectly, and the outdoor lockable bin is just right. The collection system seems to operate very efficiently and it is overall a great new service for residents."