Major change to food waste collection affecting 176,000 people rolled out across all of Thurrock

Cllr Holloway using the food caddy in a kitchen
-Credit: (Image: Thurrock Council)

A major change to food waste collection is being rolled out across all of Thurrock early after a successful pilot. Thurrock Council has decided to expand the weekly food waste collections across the district early with food bins and caddies being delivered over the next few weeks.

The boroughwide rollout extends a pilot which had been running on nearly 200 roads. Every house in Thurrock will receive an indoor food caddy, a locking outside food bin, a roll of compostable caddy liners and a leaflet explaining what goes in food waste, when collections will take place and the best way to use the bins.

New bins are being delivered over the next six weeks. Each household’s first collection will be the week after they receive their new bins. The first collections have taken place this week.

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Cllr Victoria Holloway (Lab.), Cabinet member for Place and the Environment, said: “We have listened to residents’ concerns following the introduction of the alternate weekly collection schedule and brought weekly food waste collections forward to answer them. This weekly collection not only helps the environment, it will also reduce the amount of general waste we all put out and keep our grey or green bins free of smelly food waste, something we know was an issue for a lot of people.

“Collections will take place every week on the same day that households’ recycling or waste bin is collected. Once collected food waste is processed into biogas, which is used to generate energy or power vehicles, and a nutrient-rich fertiliser to help crops grow or to regenerate land.”

Government funding has been given to local authorities to cover the costs of launching food waste collections. A change in legislation means that from 2026 local authorities have a legal obligation to provide a separate, weekly food waste collection service.

Caddies and lockable outdoor food bins are for leftover food, fruit and vegetable peels, bones, tea bags, coffee grounds and any plate scrapings. The outdoor food waste bin should be filled from the caddy and put out for collection every week.

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