Changes to rural food bin collections

A pile of food waste collection bins.
A pile of food waste collection bins.

Nearly 4000 rural Angus households will be affected by changes to Angus Council’s food waste collection service coming into effect on November 21.

Communities committee members agreed at their April meeting that food waste collection in more rural areas was no longer environmentally or economically sustainable.

New collection routes will begin from November 21, that continue to provide the service to households in towns and villages, but not to 3764 households in more rural areas. Angus Council has written to those households.

A kerbside food waste collection service was rolled out to approximately 52,000 Angus households in 2014. It was not made available to addresses that are very rural, accessed via private roads or on a ‘road end’ collection.

On-going monitoring of the service by the local authority identified that the average take-up rate achieved by the service since its introduction has been between 50-60 per cent.

Those households that continue to receive the service should be aware that new routes after November 21, may mean different collection days for some.

If you are a household that will no longer receive the service, you may want to keep your food waste caddies. However, if you want Angus Council to collect them, you can register for collection of your food waste caddy on their website at by 30 November. Alternatively, you can take them to a council recycling centre. Outdoor and indoor caddies that the council collect must be empty and will be reused or recycled.

As an alternative to food waste collection, you can home compost your food waste, or recycle it by taking it to any council recycling centre where food waste recycling containers are now available.

If you put your food waste in your purple general waste bin, Angus Council can still recover some value from it, as they are one of a few councils to send general household waste to a waste-to-energy plant. It processes waste to generate electricity that goes back into the national grid.

There is lots of information about household waste and recycling on their website.

Minimise food waste - The average household in Scotland could save £460 a year by throwing away less food. As a nation, we throw away 600,000 tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year. Visit for lots of ways to reduce your food waste such as easy recipes to use leftovers, and tips on how to store your food and plan meals and portion sizes.

Composting – You can compost fruit and vegetable peelings, tea-bags, coffee grounds and eggshells quite easily at home. However some bins or methods of composting are suitable for more food types than others. For more information visit