Ideally using all of your food before it goes to waste is best, but sometimes food waste is unavoidable (eggshells or banana skins, for example).
If you do have any food waste then recycling it is still better for the environment than putting it into your household waste bin.
In Wrexham food waste is collected every week, whereas household waste is only collected on alternate weeks. So using your food waste caddy also means your household waste bin is less likely to smell too.
What happens to your food waste recycling?
Once Wrexham’s food waste is collected it is taken, along with garden waste, to an in-vessel composting unit based on Wrexham Industrial Estate.
What goes in your food caddy?
Most foods can go in your food caddy as long as you have removed any packaging, just avoid liquids (such as oil, milk or juice).
You can check our ‘what goes in my bins/recycling containers page’ for more information on what to do with different types of waste/recycling.
How to get new caddy liners
You can get caddy liners for free either by:
- tying an empty liner to your caddy handle on your next collection day - the recycling crew will leave you a new roll
- collecting them from one of the pickup locations in Wrexham (there are over 40)
If you want to you can buy approved compostable bags from most leading supermarkets (only use bags that have the European Bioplastics compostable logo).
Request a new food caddy
If your food caddy is broken you can request a new one for free using our online form:
Keeping your caddy clean
These tips may seem obvious, but to keep your caddy hygienic you should:
- Avoid putting in liquids to prevent ‘bin juice’
- Avoid overfilling the liner and empty the contents of your kitchen caddy into your outdoor kerbside caddy regularly
- Keep the lid on your kitchen caddy and close the lockable lid on your outdoor bin, to prevent flies and pests from getting in
- Clean your kitchen caddy every few weeks by giving it a rinse in the sink (make sure it’s dry before putting another liner in)
For a more thorough clean, you can disinfect your caddy with leftover hot water from your kettle and some washing up liquid.