Green wheeled bin FAQs

The green wheeled bin is for recycling all food and garden waste

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  Green wheeled bin for food and garden waste

Green wheeled bin frequently asked questions

Do I have to use the grey kitchen caddy?
What kind of caddy liners can I use?
I home compost, I don't need a green bin
How can I clean my wheeled bin?
I’m worried about hygiene, smells and flies
I don’t have space for the wheeled bin outside, is there a smaller alternative?
What happens to my food and garden waste?
Isn’t it better not to have any food waste?

 

Do I have to use the grey kitchen caddy?

No, the important thing is that food waste ends up in the green wheeled bin, not the black sack. The kitchen caddy is useful for collecting food waste to then transfer to the green bin outside. If you want to buy your own caddy or just use a piece of newspaper to collect vegetable peelings, etc. that’s fine.

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Compostable standard required

What kind of caddy liners can I use?

You can line your caddy with paper or corn starch liners as long as they meet the standard EN13432 and the Seedling logo is visible on the bags. Alternatively use a few sheets of newspaper or plain brown paper bags. 

Do not use biodegradable plastic bags as these are not compostable.

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I home compost, I don't need a green bin

That's fantastic news that you home compost! You can use your green bin for the items that you cannot compost at home, such as meat and bones.

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How can I clean my wheeled bin?

To reduce the need for cleaning, it is best to wrap all food waste in newspaper and put your bin out for collection each week. See our video for top tips or use a bin cleaning service if you don’t want to do this yourself. 

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I’m worried about hygiene, smells and flies

  • Always ensure the lid of your caddy and green bin are shut
  • Empty the food waste into the outside green bin daily
  • Lining the caddy with newspaper or a EN13432 compostable caddy liner will help to keep it clean, and you should wash it frequently, as you would any ordinary bin
  • Put your green wheeled bin out for collection every week that it contains waste, no matter how small the amount

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I don’t have space for the wheeled bin outside, is there a smaller alternative?

Yes, homes with little outside storage space can be supplied with a 23 litre green bin instead of a wheeled bin. In some circumstances we can provide wet strength paper sacks. Please contact 01908 252570 or email customerservices@milton-keynes.gov.uk to enquire.

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What happens to my food and garden waste?

Food and garden waste is sent to an In-vessel composting facility to create compost for agriculture.

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Isn’t it better not to have any food waste?

Yes!  A really useful website to help you reduce your food waste is Love Food Hate Waste. Advice includes planning meals, making a shopping list, how to use leftovers, calculating portion sizes, understanding Best Before dates and more.

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Last Updated: 15 April 2021