Chelmsford City Council

Food waste bin

We are currently behind with our normal schedule for the collection of mixed paper/cardboard for flats. We apologise for any inconvenience.

To recycle food waste, you have a grey kitchen caddy for use inside your home and a green external bin that we empty.

You can check what you can put it your food waste bins by looking at our list.

If you can't find the item you want to dispose of in this list, you can search by item instead.

ItemBin, box or sack
Baked goodsFood waste bin
BeansFood waste bin
BreadFood waste bin
CakeFood waste bin
Coffee groundsFood waste bin
Dairy products (such as cheese)Food waste bin
Eggs and egg shellsFood waste bin
Fish (raw and cooked, with shells and bones)Food waste bin
Food wasteFood waste bin
Fruit (raw and uncooked)Food waste bin


We collect external food waste bins every week. You can check your collection dates by entering your postcode or address.

You should not place anything loose in your food waste bin. All food needs to be contained in a suitable bag or wrapped in newspaper.

Replacement bin

You can order a new grey kitchen food waste caddy or a green external food waste bin online if yours is missing or damaged.

However, you can't order more kitchen food waste caddy liners. We deliver a roll of liners to all properties once a year in September/October. If you run out, you can buy liners at supermarkets, or use newspaper.

What happens to your food waste

You can find out more about what happens to your recycling.


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Last updated: 07 April 2021

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