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Food waste recycling

A third of the waste in an average household bin is food and a large proportion of this is still edible. By joining our food waste recycling scheme you can help save money and reduce your impact on the environment.

The food waste recycling service is only available for Lewes District Council residents, and is currently not available to Eastbourne residents.

Join the food waste recycling scheme.

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Throughout December and January Lewes District Council are offering every household a free roll of compostable caddy liners. If you are joining the food waste recycling service then we will send your free roll of liners when we deliver your starter kit. If you are already a part of it then you can pop into one of these locations to pick up your free roll:

  • Seaford Tourism Information Centre
  • Southover House reception (Lewes)
  • Lewes Tourism Information Centre
  • Saxon House reception (Newhaven)
  • Newhaven Town Council reception
  • Peacehaven Town Council reception
  • Newick Community Centre
  • Plumpton Village Hall


  • A small caddy to go in your kitchen with a roll of liners to get you started

  • A separate bin to go outside next to your refuse bags or bins (unless you share a refuse bin area)

  • If you share a refuse bin, bin store or area we will place a communal food waste wheeled bin next to or near to this

We collect your food waste at the same time as your refuse collection. Please leave your food waste bin, with the handle locked in the upright position, next to your refuse bins or bags by 6am on your bin collection day.

The following materials can be recycled as food waste: 
  • meat and fish: raw or cooked - including bones
  • fruit and vegetables: raw or cooked
  • all dairy: cheese and eggs, including shells
  • bread, cakes and pastries
  • rice, pasta and beans
  • coffee grounds, including paper filters
  • paper towels
  • animal bedding sawdust
  • house plants and cut flowers

  • Line your caddy with a compostable liner or newspaper and fill it with food waste. Please do not use plastic bags, even bio-degradable ones do not compost.
  • When it is full tie the liner and put it in your own food bin or communal food bin. Please empty your caddy regularly.
  • Lock your outside bin by keeping the handle in an upright locked position. This will keep it secure from animals and birds. Please do not put loose food into the bin especially if you are using a communal food waste bin.
  • Put your food waste bin (with the handle in the upright locked position) out for collection by 6am with your normal rubbish. 

Using a compostable liner will keep your food waste tidy and contained making handling easy for both you and the collection crews. Compostable liners decompose along with your food waste but if you prefer you can use newspaper to line your caddy instead. Please do not use plastic bags, even bio-degradable ones do not compost.

Compostable liners can be purchased from:

  • Lewes Tourist Information Centre

  • Seaford Tourist Information Centre

  • Newhaven Town Council

  • Supermarkets such as Tesco, Sainsbury's and Waitrose

  • Other local stores may stock liners


  • From websites such as Amazon

Please make sure the liners are 100% compostable; designed to fit a seven litre caddy; and display the seedling logo and reference number EN13432. If you use a liner or bag that does not show this logo then your food waste will not be collected for composting. 

To keep your food caddy clean, regularly empty it into your outside food bin and use a compostable liner. Alternatively you can line your caddy with newspaper.

You can put your food caddy into your dishwasher or give it a rinse after washing up. We empty your outside food bin weekly and it has a lockable lid which stops smells getting out and any animals getting in. Keeping your outside caddy clean will also help prevent smells or mould developing. 

After we collect your food waste we take it to the Woodlands In-Vessel Composting Facility in Whitesmith to be recycled into soil conditioner and fertiliser which is then used by farmers and gardeners in the district.

You can find out more about how your food waste is recycled by visiting Veolia and watching their short film.

Please do not put any of the following materials in your food waste caddy: 

  • any packaging
  • plastic bags, including bio-degradable
  • liquids, oil or fat
  • cardboard
  • medicine
  • corn starch liners not showing a compostable logo


Use our online form to request a replacement food waste container, in the Lewes district:

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