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Food waste

The black and orange food caddy that you have been provided with is for disposal of your household food waste. This should be put out weekly with your refuse or recycling bin on collection days by 6am on the boundary of your property and placed back in your boundary as soon as possible after collection to stop any obstruction to the highway. 

The black and orange caddy can be lined with newspaper or compostable liners.

Below you can find examples of items you should and shouldn’t put in your black and orange caddy.

Please place these items in your black and orange caddy+

Meat, fish and bones;
  • Leftovers from meals;
  • Fruit and veg, including peelings;
  • Dairy products;
  • Bread, pasta, pulses and rice;
  • Teabags and coffee grounds;
  • Solid butter and lards;
  • Eggshells;
  • Foods past their sell by date.

Do not place these items in your black and orange caddy+

  • Plastic bags;
  • Liquids or oils;
  • Any packaging;
  • Pet waste or litter;
  • Garden recycling or clippings;
  • Any dry recycling or household refuse.

Where does your food waste go?

No food waste is sent to landfill.

We recycle your waste using two separate processes that create either compost or gas and agricultural fertiliser.

Here is a video from Kent County Council which gives you a closer insight into where your food waste goes.

In-vessel composting (IVC)

The IVC process mixes garden and food waste in composting halls, which provide the optimum conditions for the waste to compost.

After treatment, a nutrient-rich and peat-free compost is created. This is then suitable to use as a soil improver in farming and agriculture.

Anaerobic digestion

This is the process of breaking down food without the use of oxygen.  A gas is then produced which is used in the generation of energy and soil conditioner. The energy can be used in the agriculture industry.

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