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Food waste

There are lots of ways to prevent food waste and save money.

Lewes District Council collects food waste separately from your household food waste caddy.  It is collected on the same day as your refuse using our new electric vehicles.  It is taken a local facility and composted into a soil conditioner for local farmers.

If you are not already using this free service, you can Request a food waste caddy

You will be given an outdoor caddy, a small indoor caddy and a roll of compostable cornstarch caddy liners to get you started and a set of instructions.  We don't deliver free liners but can pick up a free roll from Tourist Information Centres and other local outlets as and when you need to. Check our list of locations here.

You can also purchase caddy liners from local supermarket and stores but they must be made of a plant based material and be compostable. The way to check is to look for compostable liners which display the Seedling logo and reference number EN13432.  Alternatively you can line your caddy with newspaper.

You must not line you caddy with plastic bags or bags described as biodegradable as these are not compostable.

You cannot put other packing items described as compostable or biodegradable into this food waste caddy because the composting facility can't compost these.


Meal planning is one good way to reduce the amount of food we throw away see Love Food Hate Waste for of ideas


see Love Food Hate Waste for of ideas and recipes for using up leftovers

Recycle - in your household recycling bin

No thank you

Food waste caddy

Yes please to the following items:

  • Meat and fish - raw and cooked including bones
  • Fruit and vegetables - raw and cooked
  • All dairy products such as eggs and cheese
  • Bread, cakes and pastries
  • Rice, pasta and beans
  • Uneaten food from your plates and dishes
  • Tea bags and coffee grounds

Refuse bin

No thank you

Other information

There are certain types of home composting bins that will accept both cooked and un-cooked food such as the Green Johanna specialist composter, A Green Cone food waste digester, The Kitchen (Bokashi) composter, and a Wormery. More information about these types of bins can be found on the East Sussex County Council website Guide to Home Composting

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