Northampton Borough Council
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Frequently asked questions

Q: What day will my collection take place?

A: The collection will take place on the same day as your waste and recycling bins and boxes are collected.  You can put out food waste for collection every week.

Q: How will I collect the food waste?

A: You will receive two containers, a small caddy for collecting the food waste in your kitchen, and a larger caddy for storage outside. You tip the waste from the small caddy into the larger, outdoor bin. This bin has a handle that when pulled forward will lock shut to prevent spillage.

Q: What types of food waste can be put into the caddy?

A: All leftover raw and cooked foods, including vegetable peelings, out-of-date food, plate scrapings, solid fats, meat and fish bones, cheese, tea and coffee grounds.  Please do not put any liquids in the caddy.

Q: I compost my fruit and vegetable peelings, should I stop?

A: No, please continue to use your compost bin.  You can use the food waste collection service for other types of food waste that you can't compost such as cheese, meat, fish and leftovers.

Q: Can I line my food waste caddy?

A: Yes, we don't provide liners, but you can line the caddy with a single sheet of newspaper or special biodegradable bags that are available to buy at supermarkets and online.  Plastic carrier bags from the supermarket are also permitted.

Q: Will the food in my caddy smell?

A: Not if you empty your food caddy regularly into the outside container.  Your outdoor caddy will have a lockable lid, which will contain smells and stop vermin getting in.

Q: How will the food waste be collected?

A: There are new recycling vehicles that have a sealed compartment on the front.  The food waste bin will be collected at the same time as your boxes for recycling every week. 

Q: Where will the food waste go?

A: To an anaerobic digester in Kettering that will turn the food waste into electricity to power 2,000 homes and a compost-like material for use by farmers.