What can go in caddy

Using your food waste caddy

Your food waste caddy is to be used in your kitchen to hold all of your food waste.

What can I put in my caddy?
Yes please No thanks
  • cooked food
  • uncooked food
  • out of date food (please remove from packaging first)
  • plate scrapings
  • meat (including bones)
  • fish (including bones and scales)
  • dairy products
  • bread
  • cake and pastries
  • vegetables and fruits including peelings
  • pasta, rice and cereals
  • tea and coffee grounds
  • food packaging
  • nappies
  • pet waste
  • liquids
  • plastic bags

My caddy has gone missing where can I get one?

You can visit your local library to collect a food waste caddy. You can find details of your local library here. 

What do I do when my caddy is full?

Once full, empty your caddy into either your brown or green-lidded bin, so it can be collected weekly. Please do not put your caddy kerbside for collection. 


You don't have to line your caddy. You can put your food waste in loose or use a compostable liner or newspaper.

You can order replacement liners for your food caddy online. Members of the Coventry Recycling Club will receive a further £1 discount. Join Coventry Recycling Club today!

Liners can also be purchased from most supermarkets or online.

Where does the food waste go?

Once collected, all your garden and food waste from your brown-lidded bin will be sent to In Vessel Composting.

The waste is shredded to a uniform size. The compost process is started by naturally occurring micro-organisms in the waste. As the micro-organisms break down the materials, they release nutrients and the temperature increases to 60-70 c. This kills pathogens, weeds and seeds.

After three to four months the waste is fully composted and used by local farmers.

Love Food, Hate Waste

"The Love Food Hate Waste campaign aims to raise awareness of the need to reduce food waste and help us take action. It shows that by doing some easy practical everyday things in the home we can all waste less food, which will ultimately benefit our purses and the environment too."

Food waste is a major issue, and one which costs us £12.5bn a year! We throw away 7 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year, the majority of which could have been eaten.

Visit the Love Food Hate Waste website for hints and tips on saving money and preventing waste with food and cooking.