“Food needs to be recycled” – food waste collections given the thumbs up

Published: Friday, May 24, 2024

  • Food waste caddies are being delivered now, in time for when collections start in June.
  • Food waste recycling collections start on 10 June, on your usual collection day.
  • Food waste will be turned into renewable energy and compost for farmers.

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Residents and visitors to Tooting Market share their views on food waste collections.

This year residents across the whole borough will benefit from additional food waste collection services, as part of our Cleaner Borough Plan to make it easier for everyone locally to do the right things with their rubbish and recycling.


  • All households with enough space at the front of their property for a food waste caddy, e.g. a front garden or driveway, are getting caddies.

  • Residents will get their food waste caddies delivered between now and 7 June. Collections will start from the week beginning 10 June, on collection day.

  • Flats will get the service later in the year.

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Councillor Gasser, Cabinet Member for Environment, outlines the plans: 

“We are currently delivering food waste caddies to most households across the borough, in time for when collections start in June.

“We are also increasing investment in our recycling services whilst we guarantee your weekly rubbish collections.

“Small electrical collections will also start in the summer for most households, and residents in flats will be able to make use of new, recycling collection points across the borough which are being installed now.

“We are replacing our fleet of rubbish and recycling trucks with new ones that will run on a bio-fuel that will lead to a 90 per cent reduction in carbon emissions.

“We are also working hard to improve rubbish and recycling services on housing estates.

“These are just some of the many improvements we are making, so it’s easier for you to do the right thing with your rubbish and recycling.”