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Food Waste

West Lothian Council offers a weekly food waste collection service. Information on your collection day and why we recycle food waste can be found here.

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Food Caddy Waste to Power Fridge - ZWS Campaign 2019

Changes to Food Waste and Brown Bin information

Changes to the food and garden waste collection service will be introduced from 30 September 2019

From 30 September, customer should recycle all food in their brown bins, along with garden waste. The food waste caddy collection will no longer operate.

For customers, there are a number of benefits:

  • a more frequent brown bin collection service (every fortnight instead of the current four weekly collection)
  • fewer bins to store/manage
  • The new service aims to increase food recycling in West Lothian

Customers should not dispose of food in brown bins until 30 September to avoid contamination.

Customers are advised to leave their empty food waste caddies out following their last food caddy collection date (between 23 September and 30 September) and the council will collect them. Alternatively customers can keep them if they can find a use for them or take them to a recycling centre.

Say no to plastic

Plastic bags should never be put into brown bins as they can't be recycled and contaminate the food and garden waste. Food should be loose, or put in biodegradable bags or wrapped in newspaper when recycled in brown bins.

New calendars

A new bin calendar is being delivered to all households throughout September to provide collection dates for 30 September onwards.

For further information please visit Changes to Food Waste and Brown Bin Information (September 2019)

Food Waste Collection 

If you are offered a food waste service, it will be collected on the same day as your blue and grey bins. On your day of collection, please place your caddy on the kerbside with the lid closed by 7am Monday to Friday.

During winter months the material in your food waste caddy can become frozen.  We would appreciate if you could please loosen this material before your collection day to ensure your bin can be fully emptied. No additional collection will be provided for half emptied bins.


What can I put in my food waste caddy?

What can go in your food waste caddy?
  • Fruit and veg peelings
  • Meat and bones
  • Teabags and coffee grounds
  • Bread
  • Pasta
  • Dairy products like cheese (please no liquid products!)
  • Eggshells
  • All cooked and uncooked food waste
  • Meal leftovers
  • Out of date food from your fridge or cupboard
  • pdf icon Food Waste - Recycling Leaflet [977kb] provides further information on your food waste caddy service.

Did you know?

As well as costing the planet, the price of wasting food can hit your pockets too! 

  • Avoidable food and drink waste costs Scottish households £1.1billion in unnecessary purchases each year.
  • Scottish households throw away 630,000 tonnes of food waste to landfill every year.
  • By reducing food waste, each Scottish household could save up to £437 per year.

The Scottish Government's 2019 'Food Gone Bad' Campaign is highlighting actions that can be taken to reduce food waste and to recycle food waste that can't be prevented.

Please visit the following links for hints and tips on reducing food waste: