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Food Waste Recycling

Five reasons to recycle your food waste


1) It's easy

2) Contains food smells

3) Caddies lock to stop pests getting access

4) It's collected once a week

5) Turned into electricity

You can save 60 a month by NOT throwing away Good food 


Rotting food in landfill generates methane a greenhouse gas that is 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

To recycle your food waste all you need is:

  • A large green 23 ltr food waste bin 
  • A silver 5 ltr food waste caddy 
  • An annual supply of compostable bags to line the caddy


Please remember to only use the compostable bags provided by Pembrokeshire County Council. Please do not use any other bags as we cannot compost them.

If you have not received these you can request some by calling 01437 764551 or e-mailing

Please note - some properties - mostly large blocks of flats and properties with no accessible kerbside - may find it difficult to access this scheme but if you are interested in participating please contact us on 01437 764551 or e-mail 



How can I recycle my food waste?

Step 1

Get the right equipment – you will need a kitchen caddy, caddy bags
and a kerbside bin.

Step 2

Line your Kitchen Caddy with the bag





Step 3

Place any food waste into the caddy, taking care to exclude any packaging.

Step 4

When your kitchen caddy is full, empty into your kerbside bin and put out for collection once a
week so it can be recycled.






What happens to your food waste?

1) Biodegradable Waste

2) Depacking and pre-treatment

3) Anaerobic Digestion

4a) Digestate Storage

4b) Gas holder

5a) Biofertiliser

5b) Combined heat and power

6a) Converted for use as district/industrial/ commercial heating

6b) Electricity


What can I put in my caddy?
You can put any raw or cooked food in your caddy. You can even scrape uneaten food straight into your caddy.

  • Meat and fish - raw and cooked including bones
  • All dairy products such as eggs and cheese
  • Vegetables and fruit - raw and cooked
  • Bread, cakes and pastries
  • Rice, pasta and beans
  • Uneaten food from your plates and dishes
  • Tea bags and coffee grounds

No Thanks!  Please do not put any of these materials in your food waste caddy.

  • Packaging of any sort
  • Plastic bags
  • Liquids
  • Oil or liquid fat

Please remember - If you already compost at home please keep composting your uncooked vegetable and fruit peelings in your bin or heap. For more information on how to start composting at home see the section below - Home Composting.



We will collect your food waste every week on the same day and time as your orange bag recycling collections unless otherwise notified.  Please put your larger food waste bin, with the handle in the locked position outside your property - with your orange recycling bags.

If you have any queries please contact us:

Pembrokeshire County Council
01437 764551


Tips for recycling food waste

Monitor your food waste - including items that pass their use by dates.

You may want to put your house name or number on your larger food waste bin so we know where to return it and does not get misplaced.

Keep your food waste caddy and larger food waste bin clean by tying your compostable corn starch bags when they are full.

Review your spending - could you save money once you are more aware of how much food you actually throw away?

For practical advice on how to reduce food waste, visit


Frequently Asked Questions

1) Why are we doing this?

Approximately 26% of the waste in an average household bin is food waste.  When it decomposes in a landfill site it produces methane, which contributes to climate change.

2) How do I get the bins I need to get started?
You will need a grey indoor caddy plus a green outdoor caddy, we will deliver these to you.  To request these click here

3) My bin(s) is broken, can I get a replacement?
Yes, we will deliver replacements to you. To request a replacement click here.

4) I have a large amount of food waste, can I have more than 1 green bin?
Yes you can have more than one bin if required. To request an additional bin click here.
For ideas on cutting down your food waste visit

5) Will the food in my bin smell?

Not if you empty your silver food waste caddy regularly into the larger food waste bin and tie up the compostable corn starch bags.  Your larger food waste bin will have a sealable and lockable lid which will stop smells and vermin getting in.

6) I don't have time to do this - why should I?

It is important to reduce the amount of food waste going to landfill.  Not only does it generate methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, but landfill space is running out and we could face large financial penalties from the Welsh  Government. 

7) Can I use plastic bags to line my caddy?

NO, the compostable corn starch bags provided decompose, plastic bags don't. If you run out of compostable corn starch bags, you can collect free replacements from the locations shown on Refuse Service .



Home Composting

Composting at home is an easy way to transform garden and kitchen waste into a healthy soil improver for your plants and shrubs. By simply adding things like grass clippings, plant prunings, used teabags and fruit and vegetable peelings to your bin, you can, over time, enjoy a more beautiful garden.  Using compost on your garden will improve the quality and structure of your soil and will help you to grow blooming flowerbeds, healthy plants, and tasty fruits and vegetables.  Composting is easy to do, and costs next to nothing to get started.

How do I get more bags?

The Authority will provide an annual allocation of small, food waste bags once a year, however, should you run out, you can collect free replacements from the locations shown on Refuse Service . Alternitively, you can call our contact centre on 01437 764551 or e-mail

We no longer provide the large 23 litre sacks free of charge although extra supplies can be bought at a cost of £6.70 per roll of  60 (£5.58 net + £1.12 vat) from the locations shown on Refuse Service .


You can obtain a free compost bin and/or more information about composting at home by calling 01437 764551

Thank you for your help!



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