Trafford Housing Trust

Food for thought – what should I recycle?


Latest bin reports show that nearly a quarter (23%) of waste found grey general waste bins is actually food that could have been recycled in the green food waste bin.

We’re supporting One Trafford Partnership, a collaboration between Trafford Council and Amey, which collects food waste weekly to remind residents how food and packaging can be recycled.

food waste.jpgFood waste you can recycle in your green bin or waste caddy includes:

  • Raw and cooked meat and fish – including bones
  • Raw and cooked fruit and vegetables
  • Leftovers from your plate
  • Rice, pasta, beans
  • Bread, cake and pastries
  • Cheese and eggs – including egg shells
  • Tea bags and coffee grounds

Food packaging you can recycle in your blue and black bin includes:

  • Paper and card such as cereal boxes
  • Milk cartons and bottles
  • Drinks bottles
  • Glass bottles and jars (not lids)
  • Foil and foil trays

Food packaging that can’t be recycled and should go in your grey bin includes:

  • Plastic pots, tubs and trays such as yoghurt pots
  • Other plastic packaging (e.g. empty crisp packets)
  • Plastic bags
  • Plastic food trays or margarine tubs
  • Plastic film
  • Polystyrene 

Please don’t use your green bin to recycle:

  • Liquids – milk, cooking oils, etc.
  • Plastic bags
  • Plastic food packaging
  • Glass
  • Rubble
  • Turf and ash
  • Soil and stone
  • Dog and cat faeces

Handy links:

For more information about recycling visit:

You can also order free kitchen caddies and free compostable bags from the Council by calling 03330 035865.

For top money saving tips by reducing your food waste visit

Did you know compost made from Trafford’s food waste is used as a soil improver in horticulture and agriculture, and can be bought for home gardening as Revive Compost from Recycle for Greater Manchester at recycling centres. For more details go to

You can also use Recycle for Greater Manchester’s ‘What Can I Do with…’ checker – there is very long list of every possible household item!

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