Food waste is collected from every household every week.
Each household has one small caddy and one large caddy. Collect the food waste in the smaller kitchen caddy the transfer the contents to the larger caddy when required then put it out before 7am on collection day.
If you would like to order a caddy please use our online form:
How to use the weekly food waste collection
- Line the small caddy with a compostable liner, newspaper or any plastic bag (e.g. supermarket carrier bag).
- Every few days transfer the food waste (and the liner) to the larger caddy.
- Put the larger caddy outside next to the correct bin, every week for collection.
What happens next?
- We will collect the food waste weekly on a separate compartment on the vehicle.
- The food is sent to an Anaerobic Digester, where it creates energy and a liquid digestate for local farmland.
Keeping your caddy clean
Using a liner in the kitchen caddy will keep both caddies clean but it is recommended that every few months they are washed out with warm soapy water. The water can be tipped down a drain (it's just like dirty washing up water). Caddies are dishwasher safe up to 60oC.
Both caddies are lockable. Rotate the handle to the front of the caddy and it locks. This prevents pets and pests getting inside.
What to put in the food waste caddy
- Cooked and uncooked food.
- Raw and cooked fruit and vegetables.
- Meat and fish, including bones and skin.
- Cheese and other dairy products.
- Eggs and egg shells.
- Small amount of liquids, oil and fat (including solid fats such as lard)
- Bread, cakes and pastry.
- Rice, pasta, beans and cereal.
- Tea bags and coffee grounds.
- Newspaper or approved compostable liners.
- Cat and dog food.
- Animal hair.
- Uneaten food from your plates and dishes.
- Used kitchen roll and paper tissues.
No other items including but not limited to: general household waste, packaging of any kind, animal faeces, animal bedding, animal carcases, nappies or garden waste should be pit in the food waste container. Please see our food waste collection FAQs page.
If you live in a flat with a communal bin you may have a black bin instead of the larger caddy. Please use this as described above. If you have any questions please call your housing provider or the council on 01684 295010.
Food waste compost
Food and garden waste from the Cotswolds is sent to an In-Vessel Composter in Dymock, where it is composted and turned into Quality Soil Conditioner (QSC). QSC can be purchased at all five Household Recycling Centres in the county - the locations nearest to Tewkesbury borough are Wingmoor Farm near Bishops Cleeve and Hempsted in Gloucester.
A 40 litre bag of QSC costs £3.50 and will provide valuable nutrients for your soil. The product packaging provides full details on how to use and make the most of it in your garden.
Food waste from Tewkesbury borough is now sent to an Anaerobic Digester where it is broken down by bacteria to generate electricity and a liquid fertiliser which is used on local farmland.