Food waste collections

Food waste is collected weekly in Daventry District on the same day as your other waste and recycling.


There are two containers for collecting food waste - a small caddy for your kitchen, and a larger caddy for storage outside. You tip the waste from the small caddy into the larger, outdoor bin.  This bin will lock shut to prevent spillage.


Please present your brown food waste bin for collection weekly alongside your red and blue recycling boxes. 

You can even win prizes for doing so as part of the I'm in to Win scheme


The food waste that is collected is recycled and used to generate electricity.


Frequently asked questions


Q: What types of food waste can be put into the caddy?

A: All leftover raw and cooked foods, including veg peelings, out of date food, plate scrapings, solid fats, meat and fish bones. Please do NOT put any liquids in the caddy. A full list of types of food is featured opposite.


Q: I compost my fruit and vegetable peelings - should I stop?

A: No, please continue to use your compost bin. You can use the food waste collection service for other types of food waste that you can’t compost such as meat, fish and leftovers.


Q: I don't want to use my food waste bin - do I have to?

A: No, but we hope that you will give it a go. It’s an important way to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.


Q: What size are the food waste bins?

A: The small one has a capacity of 5 litres and the large one is 23 litres.

Q: What should I line my caddy with?

A: You can use compostable bags and plastic caddy liners that are available to buy at some supermarkets and online.


Q: Will the food in my caddy smell?

A: Not if you empty your food caddy regularly into the outside container. Your outdoor caddy has a lockable lid to contain smells and stop vermin getting in.


Q: How is the food waste collected?

A: The recycling vehicles have a sealed compartment on the front. The food waste bin is collected at the same time as your boxes for recycling.


Q: Where does the food waste go?

A: To an anaerobic digester that will turn the food waste into electricity and compost.


 For hints and tips to help you reduce food waste, visit


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Yes please


You can put any raw or cooked food in your caddy, including any scraps or uneaten food. This includes:


  • Meat and fish - raw and cooked including bones

  • Fruit and vegetables - raw and cooked

  • All dairy products such as eggs and cheese

  • Bread, cakes and pastries

  • Rice, pasta and beans

  • Uneaten food from your plates and dishes

  • Tea bags and coffee grinds

  • Fats - solid and semi-solid but not liquid


No thanks


Please do not put any of the following materials in your caddy:


  • Food packaging or wrapping of any sort

  • Liquids

  • Kitchen towel