London Borough of Croydon

Lining your caddy

Lining your caddy will help keep it clean and odour free. You do not have to line your small 7 litre capacity kitchen caddy, but if you do, you must use a compostable material to line it, not plastic bags. You can line your kitchen caddy with either:

  • an approved compostable food waste liner, or
  • newspaper or kitchen roll

Do not use plastic bags with your food waste collection as they do not break down quickly enough during the recycling process.

Compostable food waste liners

If you choose to line your caddy, there are a range of retail outlets where liners are available. Croydon council does not endorse any particular brand or supplier, although you must ensure any you buy are 100% compostable. These liners are generally made out of corn starch, potato starch or paper and are certified BS EN 13432:2000. The liners will also carry one of the following logos:

compostable logo - black Compostable logo - green

Some plastic bags are sold as biodegradable, but this does not mean they will break down quickly enough during the recycling process, so only use bags which carry the correct logos.

Retail outlets for compostable food waste liners

Appropriate compostable food waste liners are available from the following retail outlets:




  • 68-74 Church Street, Croydon
  • 99-101 London Road, Norbury
  • Parkway, New Addington


  • Westow Street, Crystal Palace
  • 22 Whitehorse Lane, Selhurst
  • Central Croydon (Whitgift Centre)
  • 130 Addington Road, Selsdon
  • Trafalgar Way/Purley Way
  • 130 Addington Road, South Croydon CR2 8LA


  •  111 Whitehorse Road, Croydon
  • 32 Brigstock Road, Thornton Heath
  • 1076 London Road, Thornton Heath
  • Brighton Road, Coulsdon (Tesco Express)
  • 8 Purley Road, Purley


  • Croydon, George Street
  • 87 Limpsfield Road, Sanderstead
  • Brighton Road, Coulsdon

If you are a local retailer who stocks compostable food waste liners and you would like to be included in this list, email

Online retailers

Food waste liners can also be purchased online from various suppliers such as croydon.get, as long as they meet the standard above.

Alternatives to using liners

If you choose to line your caddy with newspaper,  Somerset Waste Partnership provides a handy online tutorial which may assist with getting the right shape for your caddy. Alternatively download the pdf below for instructions.


Recycling - household collections


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