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NEW Separate Weekly Food Waste Collections

Your new weekly food waste collection service started on 31 October 2022

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Weekly food waste collections started on 31 October 2022 for households who receive a kerbside collection. Please do not place any food waste in green garden waste wheelie bins.

If you have not received your food waste caddies, please email recycle@westberks.gov.uk with your full address.


Reducing your food waste is the best thing to do for the environment and your bank balance. However, some food waste is unavoidable and not everyone is able to compost it at home.  

We have been collecting food waste from households who receive a kerbside collection in West Berkshire every other week since 2011, either mixed in with your garden waste or on its own in your green wheelie bin. 

From the 31 October 2022 households who receive a kerbside collection in West Berkshire will have their food waste collected weekly. This new service will also be provided to households who receive a communal bin store collection (flats and communal dwellings) from 28 November 2022.

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Your new separate food waste collections

We are making changes to the way your food waste is collected so that it is collected weekly using a smaller, more secure container to encourage everyone to recycle food waste for a greener West Berkshire.

Collection will take place on the same day as your black bin and recycling collections. You will be able to recycle the same types of food waste as our previous food waste collection service including:

  • meat and fish
  • fruit and vegetables
  • cheese and eggs
  • bread and pastries
  • uneaten food from plates
  • tea bags and coffee grounds

Please do not put bones from red meat, oils, liquids or fats into your caddy. Please do not put any packaging in the food waste bin.

Further details on what can or cannot be included in your separate food waste bin can be found on our Icon for pdf yes/no guide to food waste. [1MB] . You can find a video on how to use your food waste caddy on our YouTube channel, here

Between 22 August and 31 October you will have received:

  • a grey 5 litre inside kitchen caddy
  • a green 23 litre outside food waste caddy*
  • one roll of compostable liners

If you have not recieved these, please email recycle@westberks.gov.uk with your full address.

*If you currently place your waste into a communal bin store, your block of properties will receive at least one purple 240-litre wheeled bin to share with your neighbours, instead of a green 23-litre outside food waste caddy.

For frequently asked questions on the new service, please visit out Food Waste Collection FAQs page.

The average family of four can save just over £60 per month by reducing their food waste. For information on how to reduce food waste, please see our webpage on Reducing Your Waste.

What happens to my food waste?

The food waste we collect from residents of West Berkshire is taken to our In-Vessel-Composter on Padworth Lane, Padworth in West Berkshire. Here, it is turned into a PAS100 certified soil conditioner for use by local farmers and landscapers.

Compostable Liners

Please only use compostable liners for your food waste. The kitchen caddies we supply have a 5-litre capacity. You can purchase liners from Compost Bag UK and most supermarkets. 

You may also want to consider starting your own composter.

Replacement Inside Food Waste Caddies

Unfortunately, we're unable to replace inside caddies that have been broken or lost.

You can find a reasonably cheap replacement at larger supermarkets, in hardware shops or from an internet retailer.

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