- Use a kitchen caddy to store your food waste in your kitchen then transfer the food to your outside food waste collection container
- Use can use ANY bag to line your caddy e.g. an old bread bag, empty salad bag, frozen food bag, old carrier bag, compostable bag or newspaper to keep it clean.
- If you put the handle forward on your outside caddy the lid will lock to help keep the contents secure
What happens to the bags used as caddy liners?
They are all removed from the food waste at the start of the anaerobic digestion process and sent to an Energy from Waste plant. The anaerobic digestion facility cannot distinguish between normal plastic and compostable or biodegradable bags. In fact, it is better to reuse a normal plastic bag to line your caddy because compostable or biodegradable bags do not break down within the digestion process and can clog up the digester causing extra expense for it to be cleaned out.
Why can’t you put compostable packaging in your food waste collection?
The anaerobic digestion process requires uncontaminated food waste to work efficiently and effectively. Although a caddy liner is acceptable as a practicality there should be no other packaging in the caddy.
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