Recycling your food waste

Closed 16 Jul 2019

Opened 18 Jun 2019

Feedback updated 10 Sep 2019

We asked

Why residents might not be using their brown food and garden waste bins after analysis by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority found that 20 per cent of general waste collected in our borough was food waste.

You said

The survey found that 96 per cent of Rochdale residents felt that they understood how food and garden waste bins should be used whilst 10 per cent of respondents admitted to throwing away their food waste into the general waste bin. A number of residents stated that they used a combination of both bins to dispose of unwanted food.

Most residents surveyed said that they throw away food that is inedible, such as potato peelings, tea bags and banana skins. However, 51 per cent also said that they disposed of food that was out of date, with around one to three plates of food thrown out per resident per week.

14 per cent of residents told us that they did not always recycle their food waste as they think it is unhygienic, dirty or smell.

We did

This information will now be used to inform communications campaigns to encourage residents who sometimes use the wrong bin to always dispose of their food waste correctly and to specifically target those who never use their brown bin.


Results updated 10 Sep 2019



At least 25% of household waste collected across the borough is unused or leftover food. Since 2015, the majority of Rochdale residents have been able to recycle their food waste weekly by presenting their brown bin or street caddy for collection.

Food waste is heavy and costs 50% more to collect in your dark green general waste bin than it does to recycle in your brown bin. It’s also better for the environment to recycle your food and garden waste as it is turned into compost right here in Greater Manchester.

Recent analysis states that around 20% of rubbish collected in Rochdale’s dark green bins is food waste. On top of this, only 40% of households in the borough present their brown food and garden waste bins for collection.

We’d like to know what’s stopping residents from recycling their food waste so that we can further improve the service. Please help us by completing this short survey and giving us your views.


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