FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

It is estimated that food waste costs UK households £700 per year on average. It is also expensive to dispose of, either via an 'energy from waste' plant or by sending it to landfill.

The new service will help residents see - and reduce - the amount of food you waste. And because their food waste will be collected every week, their normal bin will be less full and fresher-smelling.

The food waste we collect will be turned into a nitrogen and phosphorous-rich soil fertiliser and used to generate 'green' electricity in the process, which is a less expensive and much more sustainable approach

Here are answers to some of the questions you may have about the 12-month trial, which covers 4,700 homes across South Kesteven. Updated 11 May 2018

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If you have any comments or questions, please email foodwaste@southkesteven.gov.uk or call us on 01476 40 60 80.

When does the food waste collection trial start?

Will my bin collection days change?

Will my neighbours be able to take part in the trial?

How long is the trial for?

What happens at the end of the trial?

Do other councils offer a food waste collection service?

What if I don't produce enough waste to take part?

I compost my organic waste - is this still a service for me?

Why can't we put potato peelings in our green Garden Waste bin?

How will the food waste be collected?

Can I use a different container in my kitchen?

Do I have to use a liner for my caddy?

Will you provide a supply of caddy liners?

Does the food waste smell?

Will the outside caddy attract animals? What if it is knocked over?

What if I don't have room for another bin?

I don't have room for the food waste caddy

What are the benefits of collecting food waste?

What happens to the food waste?

How will I know which caddy is mine after collection?

Can I share a caddy with my neighbour?

I've been given a caddy but don't want to take part in the trial - can I return it?

Can you put pet food in?

Can I put dog biscuits in?

What about mouldy food or yeast? Will it affect the process?

Do I have to use the compostable liner in my caddy?

What happens if I put my food waste in my black bin?

One of the videos says kitchen roll as a liner - can you put that in the outside caddy?

What do you do if your outside caddy gets full?

Who's responsible for keeping them clean?

What about the smell?

What about food beyond its use-by-date?

How will we know if it's worthwhile?

I don't want to do this. Do I have a choice?

How often will my bins be collected?

What will happen at the end of the trial?

Are the caddy liners biodegradable?