Food waste recycling

Our blue bin service makes it easy to recycle food waste in Hackney.

We provide free compostable liners to make it easier to put your food waste out for collection without making a mess. Please do not use plastic bags.

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If you want to compost yourself, we offer discounted compost bins and advice on community composting.

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How to recycle your food waste

I live in a house or a flat in a house conversion

  • place your small blue bin in your kitchen, and line it with a compostable liner
  • when the liner is full, tie the ends and put it in your large blue bin outside
  • your food waste will be collected weekly from 7am on your collection day

I live in a block or estate with communal recycling bins

  • place the blue caddy in your kitchen, and line it with a compostable liner
  • collect all your food waste in the caddy
  • when the caddy is full, tie the ends of the compostable liner together
  • take it down to the food waste container next to your recycling bins

Communal food waste bins are installed next to your communal recycling bins. They lock in smells and keep animals out, and are emptied once a week and cleaned regularly.

What can I recycle?

You can recycle all raw and cooked food waste:

  • vegetables and peelings
  • fish and fish bones
  • fruit cores and skins
  • bones
  • bread, rice, pasta
  • meat (raw or cooked)
  • teabags, coffee granules
  • egg shells
  • plate scrapings
  • cheese

What can’t I recycle in my blue bin?

Any non-food items, including:

  • garden waste
  • packaging
  • litter
  • plastic bags

What happens to my food waste?

Food waste from households in Hackney is sent to an anaerobic digestion facility in south east England, where it’s turned into renewable energy to power homes and biofertiliser to be spread on local farmland to grow crops.

How should I dispose of compostable packaging?

Currently, we only accept compostable liners for the food waste recycling service. Please note any other compostable packaging (such as Vegware) is not accepted at the anaerobic digestion facility. Please dispose of compostable packaging in the general waste bin rather than the food waste bin. Waste collected from households in Hackney goes to Edmonton’s Energy From Waste plant to generate energy.

Page updated on: 28 January 2020

Hackney Recycling


Hackney Service Centre
1 Hillman Street
E8 1DY


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