London Borough of Croydon

We have a new timetable for waste & recycling collections in Croydon, so the day for your collection may have changed. Check your collection day.

House collections

Houses across the borough will have received a food waste starter kit which includes:

  • a small 7 litre capacity kitchen 'caddy' for your food scraps
  • a number of caddy liners
  • a new collection calendar and instructions
  • a larger lockable food container for outside.

How does food waste collections for house work?

1. Line your small kitchen food waste container with a compostable liner, old newspaper or kitchen roll.

2. Put in any food waste that you don't compost at home, such as meat, bones, fish and cooked food.

3. Every couple of days empty the kitchen container into the larger container outside.

4. Lock the lid shut so the food is protected from animals.

5. Put the large container out for collection every week with your recycling.

If you need to report a problem with our collection service or request a replacement bin or box create an online account and complete the requested information

Estates and flats collections

Most estates and flats across the borough will have received a food waste starter kit which includes:

  • a small 7 litre capacity kitchen food caddy,
  • a supply of compostable liners for the caddy; and
  • an instructional service leaflet.

An outside communal food waste container will be located near to your existing recycling bins. 

How does food waste collections for estates and flats work?

1. Line your small kitchen food waste container with a compostable liner, old newspaper or kitchen roll.

2. Put in any food waste such as meat, bones, fish and cooked food.

3. Once full, simply take out the liner and drop it off in the outside communal food waste container on your way out. These containers will be emptied every week.

The food waste service currently excludes flats above shops. These types of properties are unfortunately harder to offer a recycling service to due to access issues, a convenient location for the resident to store the containers and finding a safe location for the containers to be collected from. We will look into the possibility of providing recycling services to these types of properties.

What can I put in my caddy?

You can put any raw or cooked food in your caddy including:

  • Meat and fish
  • Bones, fat and gristle
  • Rice, pasta, beans and cereals
  • Dairy products including eggs and shells
  • Tea bags and coffee grounds
  • Fruit, vegetables, salad and peelings
  • Bread, cakes and pastries.

No plastic bags, packaging of any sort, liquids, oil or liquid fat.

What happens to food waste?

Food waste makes up at least 25% of the average household bin and by recycling it we can reduce the amount of rubbish we send to a landfill site. When buried in a landfill waste releases methane, a gas 20 times more harmful to the environment than CO2. Not only does landfilling food waste damage the environment, it's also very expensive - it costs £40,000 every day to landfill Croydon's rubbish.

Your food waste will quickly be turned into an agricultural nutrient-rich fertiliser at a high-tech specialist facility.