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Food Recycling for Flats

We are introducing a new food recycling service for residents of flats and tenements. You will be able to recycle your food in on-street communal bins designed for the safe and clean disposal of food waste. Woman recycling food waste

The service is already available in some areas of Aberdeen. The food recycling bins are located on the street near your property, for example next to the general waste bin or in front of the building at most multi-storeys. All flats across the city will have the service by the end of 2016.

When the service is due to be introduced in your area, you will receive a letter with more information. You will receive a new kitchen caddy and a free supply of biodegradable liners, as well as a leaflet that clearly explains how to use the service. You can use the bins to recycle all cooked and uncooked food waste. If you have a food recycling bin nearby, but have not received a caddy and liners, you can Request a Recycling Container or Liners Online.

The food recycling bins are emptied every week. There is no change to your existing general waste collection service and these bins will continue to be emptied as normal.

How to use your new food recycling service

When the service is introduced in your area, you will receive a small green kitchen caddy and a supply of biodegradable liners. A shared food recycling bin will be located nearby.

  • Put one of the free liners into your caddy.
  • Transfer any cooked or uncooked food waste to the caddy.
  • When the liner is nearly full, tie and remove from caddy and replace with a new liner.
  • Place the full liner into the shared food recycling bin located outside.
  • We will empty the shared food recycling bin every week.

Your free liner supply

You will receive an initial 6 months supply of free liners with your kitchen caddy. The average household uses between 2 and 3 liners per week.

When you run out of liners, you can collect more free from: Marischal College Customer Service Centre, Customer Access Points at Mastrick, Kincorth and Woodside, any of the Community Libraries in Aberdeen as well as most Learning Centres and Kingswells Community Centre. See the list of Kitchen Caddy Liners Collection Points to find the one nearest to you.

To arrange for more liners to be delivered to you, Request a Recycling Container or Liners Online.

Please do not use plastic bags to line your caddy. Please use only the liners supplied by the council as these are fully compostable to the necessary standard.

What you can recycle

The food recycling bins are for all food waste, cooked and uncooked  they even take eggshells, bones, tea bags and coffee grounds.

 Yes please!

Small Green Tick

 No thanks!
Small Red Cross

All cooked and uncooked food waste, including:

  • Dairy and eggshells
  • Meat and fish, including bones
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Bread, cakes and pastries
  • Rice and pasta
  • Tea bags and coffee grounds
 Plastic bags
 Leftovers from meals  Food packaging
 Leftovers from preparing meals  Liquids
 Out of date food from the fridge or cupboards  Oils
   Dog waste


If the food recycling bin gets contaminated by any of the items in the 'No thanks' list above, the contents won't be recycled as contaminated loads are rejected by the re-processing facility. In order to avoid this, it is important that only the correct items go in the food recycling bin.

Find out more

Download a copy of our Food Recycling Booklet which contains more information about how to use the food recycling service, the benefits of recycling food and the recycling process, as well as tips to help you avoid creating food waste.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you would like to know more about your new food waste recycling service, please see the Food Waste Recycling Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

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