Last updated: 22 January 2024

Next review: 22 January 2025

An additional number of properties in the Leyton and Leytonstone area will be participating in the already running weekly food waste collection trial from Monday 15 July 2019.

Most of the properties on Collection Round 3 have been part of the trial since July 2017 and now properties the remaining roads from Collection Round 3 and Collection Round 5 will be joining the weekly food trial.

Why did we trial a weekly food waste collection?

The most frequent request from our residents about our refuse and recycling service is to have weekly food waste collections. We're hoping that this would encourage residents to stop putting food waste in the black refuse bin. Other neighbouring London boroughs, such as Hackney and Haringey, have a weekly food waste collection service.

What information is available on food waste collection services?

Waste and Resource Action Programme (WRAP) has put together a report on household food waste collections that have been carried out in the UK. The report states the majority of households produce large quantities of waste food which predominantly ends up in the refuse bin. The type of collection (food and garden combined or food only collection) and the frequency of a collection (weekly or fortnightly) have an influence on the amount of food waste collected by a local authority.

Read the Food and Waste Collections Guide on the WRAP website.

How much food waste has been collected during the trial already?

Over 295 tonnes of food waste was collected in the first 18 months of the trial from properties on Collection Round 3. We have also seen a reduction in the refuse tonnages by a similar amount.

How do I know if I am part of the weekly food waste trial?

The additional properties that are part of the trial will have an advisor come to their door to explain the service in addition to this they will be delivered a letter and a leaflet about the trial with the equipment to take part.

What equipment will be given to properties?

Each property that is part of the trial will be given a kitchen caddy (5 litre) to keep indoors, a small outdoor food waste bin (23 litre) and a roll of compostable liners. There will be an additional delivery of compostable liners periodically through the trial.

Weekly food collection kitchen caddy

Kitchen caddy for inside, bigger food brown bin for outside, and caddy liners

What is the difference to the service that is already in place now?

Residents currently have brown wheeled (these can be slim-line or large in size) bins which are collected fortnightly. In these brown bins residents can place both food and garden waste together to be recycled. With the food waste trial, properties will be given an outdoor bin which is smaller in size compared to the brown wheeled bin, only food waste should be placed in there and this will be collected on a weekly basis.

Big brown bin and food waste brown bin

Big brown bin and food waste brown bin

What can I put in the kitchen caddy and outdoor food waste bin?

You can place any uneaten or unwanted food inside the kitchen caddy such as:

  • bread and cakes
  • dairy products (such as cheese and yoghurt)
  • eggs and egg shells
  • fruit and vegetable peelings
  • pasta and rice
  • meat and fish (cooked/ uncooked, including bones)
  • out-of-date food
  • teabags and coffee granules

Is there anything I shouldn't put in the kitchen caddy or outdoor food waste bin?


  • Use the compostable liners to line your kitchen caddy
  • Remove any packaging from food before placing it in the outdoor food waste bin
  • Place any packaging that is recyclable in the green recycling bin
  • Place flowers in the brown wheelie bin to be recycled


  • use plastic bags to contain your food waste
  • line your outdoor food waste bin with plastic bags
  • place flowers or plants in your outdoor caddy

Incorrect items placed in the outdoor food waste bin will result in the outdoor food waste bin not being emptied on collection day.

When will the food waste be collected?

The food waste will be collected every week on the same day as the refuse and recycling bins are collected but by a different collection crew.

Do I need to use liners in the kitchen caddy?

No, you don’t need to, however it helps to keep the kitchen caddy cleaner and stops it smelling as much.

What should I do with garden waste?

Continue to use the brown wheeled bin to place your garden waste inside of it to ensure it is recycled. This will continue to be collected fortnightly on the normal scheduled brown wheeled bin collection day. You can put this in the brown bin:

  • grass cuttings
  • flowers
  • hedge trimmings
  • leaves
  • plants
  • weeds

Can I still use the brown bin for food waste?

Please try and use the outdoor food waste bin as much as possible for your food waste in during the trial. We want the trial to continue to be a success and we need all of your food waste. There should be enough space in the outdoor food waste bin with a weekly collection.

I'm happy using the current service, why should I use the new service?

We'll use the information gathered from this trial to plan potential service changes for the future of the borough. Please try to use the service we are providing for the trial as we want it be a success.

Top tips for recycling food waste

  • use the caddy liners provided – it keeps the kitchen caddy cleaner
  • start off by recycling used tea bags, fruit and vegetable peelings and uneaten food
  • ensure cooked food is cooled down before you put it in the caddy
  • tie a knot in the compostable liner before placing in the outdoor food waste bin – it will keep the outdoor food waste bin cleaner
  • empty the kitchen caddy often into the outdoor food waste bin

Weekly food collections schedule





Aylmer road

Avebury road

Abbotts park road

Ashbridge road

Barclay road

Bulwer road

Boscombe avenue

Canterbury road

Barfield road

Cavendish drive

Cheltenham road

Carnarvon road

Beacontree road

Chelmsford road

Cromer road

Chadwick road

Burghley road

Chertsey road

Ely road

Clare road


Clarendon road

Epsom road

Colchester road

Carlton road

Connaught road

Essex road

Colworth road

Clover close


Fletcher lane

Dyson road

Connor close

Drayton road

Forest drive west

Essex road south

Davies lane

Dyers hall road

Goodman road

Fladgate road

Ferndale road

Elm road

Griggs road

Forest drive east

Gramer close

Fairlop road

James lane - Leyton

Forest Glade

Granleigh road

Fillebrook road

James lane - Leytonstone

Kings road

Harold road

Grove green road

Lea bridge road

Kingswood road

Harrington road

Hainault road

Leigh road

Liverpool road

Hartley road

Hampton road

Leyton green road

Maple road

Harvey road

Hawbridge road

Lyndhurst drive

Matlock road

High road leytonstone

Integer gardens

Midland road

Nottingham road

Lambourne road

Kimberley road

Moyers road

Peterborough road

Lascelles close

Madeira road

Whitehouse mews (houses with wheeled bins)

Poppleton road

Lemna road

Norlington road

Wesley road

Preston road

Leybourne road

Oakdale road


Queens road

Leyspring road

Pearcroft road


St andrews road

Lincoln street

Rhodesia road


Teesdale road

Lister road

Richmond road


Whipps cross road

Mayville road

Scarborough road


Woodriffe road

Michael road

Southwest road



Norman road

Thornton road



Short road

Wallwood road



Southwell grove road




Stanmore road




Trinity close




Vernon road




Woodlands road




Woodville road