Recycling A to Z - Food waste

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Food waste

Can it be recycled or disposed of at the kerbside?

Yes - You can recycle this item in your food caddy or red bin

Options for reuse, repair, recycling and disposal

Any food waste can be put into your food caddy for recycling. This includes cooked and raw food, meat, fish, bones and cooking oils and fats.

More Information

See our Food Waste Recycling page for more information about how to recycle your food waste.

The best thing we can do with our food is enjoy it but some leftovers like banana skins, tea bags and plate scrapings are inevitable.

Recycling food is far more cost effective for the city than putting it in the rubbish bin. On average as much as 30% of the green rubbish bin is made up of food. Recycling more food helps reduce costs.

Wasting food is a waste of money; the average household throws away £600 worth of food a year. Love Food Hate Waste has tips and recipes to help you reduce food waste.

Food recycling videos

Meet resident Tiffany, who explains how easy it is to recycle food in a house in Oxford.

If you live in a flat, watch Wendy's video about food recycling.

Where does it end up?

Oxford’s food recycling is taken to an Anaerobic Digestion plant near Cassington, Oxfordshire. The waste food is broken down by bacteria and turned into biogas and liquid fertiliser.

Then biogas is a renewable energy source used to generate electricity – enough to power 4,200 homes.

The liquid fertiliser is spread on local fields – helping to naturally boost crop yield.

Watch our video which explains the food recycling journey.