Brown food waste bin
If you live in a house or a small block of flats with 5 or less flats, you will have food waste collections. You can use your brown food waste bin and caddy for your food waste.
You have a 7 litre food waste caddy for your kitchen and a 23 litre outdoor food waste bin. Your caddy is for you to collect unwanted food and leftovers in your kitchen. You can empty this into your larger food waste bin outside. The brown food waste bin has a lockable lid.
We collect your bin every week on the same day. Place your locked brown food waste bin on the boundary of your property by 6.30 am on your collection day.
Remove all food packaging before placing food into your bin or caddy. Do not place items in plastic bags or wrap in newspaper. You can use compostable caddy liners. Use the correct compostable liners in your caddy which should have the seedling logo. You can also place the food loose in your caddy or brown food waste bin without a liner.
You should only use your brown food waste bin for:
- bread, pasta, and rice
- fruit and veg
- meat and bones
- tea bags and coffee grounds
- mouldy or out-of-date food
Do not use your black waste bin for:
- plastic bags: cannot be recycled. Some local supermarkets offer in-store collection points for recycling plastic bags
- cooking oil - taken to the Summers Lane Reuse and Recycling Centre
- newspaper - please don't use this to line your caddy or to wrap your food waste. Only use compostable liners or put the food in loose.
- large meat carcasses: place in a bag in your black waste bin or take to the Summers Lane Reuse and Recycling Centre
Compostable liners are available at most supermarkets, many hardware stores and online suppliers. We can only use liners with the seedling logo, as these will break down during the composting process. Here are some recommended suppliers:
If you don't wish to use liners, you can place your food waste loose into your brown food waste bin.
What happens to your food waste
Barnet's food waste gets processed in an anaerobic digestion plant turning it into compost.