Six-month success for food waste collection - and last chance to order a free caddy

Food waste recycling has had a 'double decker' boost in the south of the county thanks to the efforts of residents - and some convenient changes to collections.

An extra 102 tonnes of food waste was recycled in November and December 2017 alone compared to the same months in 2016 - the equivalent of eight double decker buses.

The higher collection rates follow a number of improvements designed to make it easier to recycle food waste at home.

These changes were introduced by the three southern district councils (Chiltern, South Bucks and Wycombe) in partnership with Buckinghamshire County Council in July last year and include:

  • Accepting food waste wrapped in plastic bags, such as freezer and sandwich bags, supermarket carriers, pedal bin liners, and salad, bread and cereal bags.

  • The majority of households receiving an information pack about the benefits of food recycling, including introductory rolls of plastic bags to line kitchen caddies.

  • Yellow stickers being placed on rubbish bins to encourage residents to separate and recycle food waste.

  • Food waste bins being provided and delivered free of charge.

Between July 2017 and the end of December 2017, more than 3,850 requests were made for new food bins across the three districts. While some were replacements, this does suggest more residents are using the weekly food waste recycling service.

Brown food waste bins can be ordered free of charge until the end of February and, if ordered at the same time, residents can also request a free smaller silver caddy to store food waste in the kitchen.

The free food waste bins can be ordered on our Waste and Recycling pages.

More information about food recycling in Bucks is available at