Food waste

To find out when your green food waste caddy is collected, type your postcode in to My Spelthorne.


Your food waste is collected weekly as part of our '3 services in 1' collection (food waste, textiles and small electricals). On your collection day, put your green caddy kerbside by 6am and allow until 3pm for it to be emptied.

What can go in my bin?

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Line your grey caddy

Use plastic bags (pedal bin liners, carrier, bread or salad bags) in your grey caddy and tie them before you put them in your external food waste bin. We cannot take food waste if it is loose. If using newspaper as a liner, fully wrap the food waste so it is securely contained.  Please note we cannot take food waste that is loose in your caddy. 

Missed collections

Please complete the missed bin form in the online forms area or contact Customer Services by 12pm on the working day after your collection day and we will return to collect your caddy if it was kerbside by 6am and the food properly wrapped and tied.

Collecting a new bin

If you need new food waste caddies, you can collect them from the Council Offices, your local Community Centre or complete the online form.  Please do not replace your bin if it is broken but can still be used.

Food waste service

Some properties may not be part of the food waste service because there is no space for bins, this is usually high rise flats.

Recycling food waste

By using your caddy, food waste is recycled and turned into compost/soil improver. About 40 per cent of household waste is food. Putting it in your rubbish creates bad smells, attracts flies and when it rots in landfill it produces methane (a powerful greenhouse gas) which contributes to climate change and contaminates sites for years.

Remember that composting is also a great option for food waste.

Cut food waste and save up to £60 a month:

  • plan meals and cook the right amount.....Love Food Surrey has tips on how to do this
  • use up your leftovers....the national Love Food Hate Waste campaign has lots of ideas
  • eat or freeze food before the 'use by' should not eat food after this date
  • except in the case of eggs 'best before' dates are about quality (flavour and texture) not safety
  • freeze as much as you can (check the packaging for storage instructions)