Caddy landscape - food waste recycling

A new food waste recycling service for Cheshire East residents will start in January 2020.

People will start to receive a small green food caddy from January 6.

This will allow food waste to be separated easily from the rest of everyday household waste.

Residents can start using their caddy as soon as they receive it.

A supply of biodegradable liners will be provided with the caddy, use of these is optional.

Once the caddy is full, the food waste goes directly into the garden waste bin along with garden waste, with or without a liner.

Garden waste bins will be collected every two weeks.

Residents should refer to new collection calendars, sent to all households, for details of their collection schedule.

Copies of these calendars can also be downloaded at

Ralph Kemp, Cheshire East Council’s head of environmental services, said: “The council is committed to providing increased opportunities for recycling and to treat waste more sustainably.

“Recycling food waste rather than disposing of it in your black bin is the right thing to do, as it enables us to recycle it into high-quality compost and return the organic matter to the soil.

“From January, collected mixed food and garden waste will be taken to a special processing plant in Crewe, where it will be recycled into compost, which is used in horticulture and agriculture.

“We are pleased to offer this new food waste recycling service but continue to encourage residents to explore ways of reducing food waste though our ‘Love Food, Hate Waste Campaign’.

“We encourage those with space to continue to compost at home with suitable garden and vegetable peelings.

“We also want to thank residents for all they are doing to reduce waste and reuse or recycle where possible.”

Rotting food waste produces methane, which contributes to climate change.

The council says it costs twice as much to dispose of food waste in a black bin as it does to recycle food waste.

Full details of the new service and what can and can’t be put into the food caddy are shown in the resident’s magazine – The Voice – in an eight page, pull-out food waste booklet.

A new ‘Waste Watchers’ app can be downloaded from the Apple or Google Play stores, which gives advice, collection day information and news about food waste and all waste collection services.

Users can also sign up for alerts, such as notifications about a missed collection due to bad weather.

The recent changes to bin collection days across Cheshire East were in preparation for new food waste recycling service and to make improvements and efficiencies to the collection services.

Residents are urged not to place food waste in their garden bins until they receive the caddy in the new year.

Information and reminders about collection changes and the new service, starting in January 2020, will feature on Cheshire East Council’s social media pages.

Follow @CheshireEastCouncil on Facebook and @CheshireEast on Twitter to keep up-to-date.


  1. We live within a group of 6 barn conversions
    We don’t have any garden waste bins as we all compost
    So we thought the new initiative would not apply to us
    However 6 caddies were duly delivered
    We could manage and have room for one garden waste bin just to empty the caddies of those who would like to use them
    How do we claim a garden waste bin as we’d like to “ do our bit”

  2. JD Mellard says:

    Why the excitement over the liners? When they run out folk may be tempted to use plastic instead, I certainly won’t be buying them, Why not suggest sheets of newspaper as an option, because that’s what I already use for peelings etc

  3. Veronica Jordan says:

    Alas, I was never informed of the changes to the recycling system and did report the issue to East Cheshire and was advised my missed waste bin would be collected within 5 working days. Needless to say, it wasn’t and it was eventually collected on the next fortnightly collection day. Also, despite requesting a copy of the new recycling days and being promised this would be sent to myself, I am still waiting.

  4. G Smith says:

    “A supply” of biodegradable liners is quite a noncommittal number. Can you be more specific and guarantee that there will be enough for at least three liners a

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