Food waste collection

Put your bin out the night before

Please make sure your food caddy is out by 6am on your collection day.

We suggest putting it out the night before.

Food waste is collected every week

In Bracknell Forest food waste is collected every week.

Use our collection day finder to find what day your collection is.

What goes in your caddy

You can put all food waste without packaging in your caddy.

Yes, please No, thank you
raw and cooked meat and fish (including bones) packaging
cheese, eggs, eggshells and yoghurts cutlery
cooked and uncooked vegetables, fruits and peelings disposable plates and cups - even if labelled as biodegradable
bread, cakes and pastries garden waste
tea bags and coffee grounds pet waste
dry and wet pet food anything that is not food
cooking oil - pour into a sealed plastic bottle and place in your outdoor food caddy liquids such as milk (cooking oil is allowed in a plastic bottle)

Benefits of food waste collections

Find out the benefits of food waste collections, how your waste is recycled and recycling rates.

How to use your caddies

Indoor caddy


Keep your small caddy inside and put your food waste in it.

If you have small children or pets, it might be useful to keep it in the locked position.

Outdoor caddy


When your indoor caddy is full, empty it into your larger outdoor caddy.

Make sure this one is always in the locked position. 

Caddy liners

Once your roll of food waste caddy liners has run out, you can use any other plastic bag to line your caddy. Bread bags and carrier bags are great alternatives. You can also buy caddy liners from most supermarkets.

Before our food waste is recycled, it’s put through a de-packaging system that macerates the waste and removes all types of liners and plastic bags. The plastic waste is then sent to an Energy from Waste facility where it is safely incinerated to create electricity.

You can also choose to leave your caddy bare and not line it at all. We recommend that both your indoor and outdoor caddy are washed weekly to avoid any unwanted smells.

Where to put your caddy for collection


If you put your other bins on the kerbside, please put your food caddy in the same place.

Private roads

If you live on a private road, please put your food caddy in the same place as you put your other bins.

Collection point

If you have a communal collection point and you do not live on a private road, please leave the caddy at the edge of your property boundary.

Report an issue

To report an issue, such as a missed collection, a broken caddy, or a missing caddy, please visit our bin issues page.

Report an issue


We are looking into the possibility of adding a food waste collection for flats and properties with communal bins from autumn 2021.

Each block of flats will be assessed before this is introduced to make sure a communal food waste bin can be accommodated. We will also need agreement from the management agent that they will take responsibility for cleaning the communal food waste bin.