Food waste

Food waste, textiles and small electricals are collected weekly - 3 services in 1.

To find out when your collection day is type your postcode into My Spelthorne.

You can use plastic bags eg pedal bin liners, carrier bags, bread bags or salad bags as well as newspaper to line your food waste caddy.  Please put your green caddy kerbside on your collection day by 6am and allow until 3pm for it to be collected.

Yes please

  • tea bags and coffee grounds, bread, cakes and pastries
  • rice, beans and pasta
  • leftover cooked food
  • meat and fish - raw and cooked including bones
  • all dairy products such as eggs and cheese
  • pet food

No thanks

  • packaging of any sort
  • liquids
  • oil or liquid fat

Missed collections

If you have followed the above instructions correctly, but your food waste has been accidentally missed, please complete the online form or contact Customer Services within one working day and we will return and collect it.

Collecting a new bin

If you need a new food waste bin you can collect one from one of our Community Centres or the Council Offices. 

Some properties may not be able to be part of the rubbish/recycling/food waste scheme because there is no space for bins, this is usually high rise flats. For enquiries please contact Neighbourhood Services.

Cut food waste and save up to £60 a month by:
  • planning meals
  • cooking the right amount
  • use up your leftovers
  • freeze as much as you can
  • know your 'use by' dates

Love Food Surrey supports the national Love Food Hate Waste campaign, visit their website for more advice.

Composting is the best option for any food waste.

Use by dates

You should not eat food after the 'use by' date as it could make you unwell even if it looks and smells fine. If food can be frozen, its life may be extended beyond the 'use by' date, check the instructions on the packaging.

Best before dates

Except in the case of eggs, 'best before' dates are about quality, not safety. When the date passes, it does not mean that the food will be harmful, but it might begin to lose a little flavour and texture.