Recycling advice

On this page you'll see advice on how to get the most out of recycling:

How to use your food waste caddy and bin

The following film has been produced by Salford City Council to explain how to recycle your food waste using your indoor kitchen caddy and compostable liners.

If you can't hear the video or don't have sound on your device you can turn on the captions option in YouTube.

Download the transcript at the bottom of this page.

Did you know that in the UK, most families could save up to £60 a month just by cutting down the amount of food that ends up in the bin?

Take a look at our top tips to find out how.

  1. Think before you shop – plan your meals and make a list before you go shopping so you don’t buy more than you need.
  2. Get familiar with your fridge – check the ‘use by’ dates on food and plan meals so you use up the things that need eating first. If you have any recently bought items in your fridge that you don’t think you’ll have time to eat or cook before they go off, move them into the freezer.
  3. Get your portions right – think about how much food you’re serving up at mealtimes – is there often a lot left over that goes straight in the bin? Getting portion sizes right can help to reduce waste.
  4. Love your leftovers – If you do end up with uneaten food after a meal, don’t just throw it away. Small amounts of food left in the pan can be frozen and kept as a ready meal for one. Websites like have lots of recipes to help you use up any leftover food.
  5. Remember, any food that you do need to throw away can be recycled in your pink lidded bin or outdoor food caddy.

Need extra kitchen caddy liners?

Simply tie an empty liner to the lid of your pink lidded bin or outdoor food bin and place out for collection as normal. We'll then deliver some more liners for free.

You can also collect two rolls of kitchen caddy liners, free of charge, from the Gateway centres and other locations across the city.

Take a look at our downloadable documents at the bottom of the page to see the full list of centres where you can collect caddy liners.

Can I request additional recycling bins or a kitchen caddy?

Yes, if you feel you need additional recycling bins or a 7 litre indoor kitchen caddy, you can order a recycling bin free of charge.

When does the council collect my recycling?

Please use our post code search to find out when your bins will be collected.

When should I put my bins out for collection?

You should put your bins/box or sack out before 6.30am on your collection day.

Please do not put your bins out before 7pm the night before collection and collect your bins by 11pm on the day of collection to avoid vandalism.

Where do I put my 23 litre outdoor food bin for collection?

You need to place your food bin in an accessible place near your property. For detached and semi-detached houses, this should be at the same place as your other bins. For terraced houses, this should be at the front of your home and not at a collection point such as a entry end.

What should I do if you have missed my bin?

If we have missed your bin then please use our online reporting form.

What materials can I recycle?

Please take a look at the items that you can recycle in the different coloured bins.

Why should I recycle?

As a nation we are running out of landfill space and the costs of sending waste to landfill continues to rise. Increasing the amount we recycle will help to save the city significant amounts of money which can we used to support other services.

Recycling also helps the environment. For example, making glass bottles and jars from recycled materials saves energy. The energy saving from recycling just one bottle will power a computer for 20 minutes and it takes just 25 two litre pop bottles to make one adult size fleece jacket.

Can I leave any extra side waste next to my bins?

No, we cannot collect anything left at the side of your bin. All waste must be placed inside your bin with the lid closed when you put it out for collection. See our no side waste and closed bin lid policy for more details.

Tip: to maximise the capacity of your bin, break up and flatten recyclable materials such as plastic bottles or cardboard where possible.

Why don't you collect all plastics?

We only collect plastic bottles and not plastic food trays, plastic carrier bags, yoghurt pots, etc.

There are lots of different types of plastic, and although they could all potentially be recycled there isn't anywhere locally that we take them to be recycled. If we transported them over long distances we would lose the environmental benefits of recycling. This is why we only take plastic bottles. Even the lids from the bottles are made from types of plastic we can't recycle locally.

However, Salford City Council and the other local authorities in Greater Manchester are working together to improve this all the time and if this ever changes we will update the list.

Find out what happens to my plastic.

Do you collect waxed food and drink cartons?

Yes, food and drink cartons such as orange juice and milk cartons can be recycled by putting them in the blue bin or sack.

How can I reduce smells and prevent pests being attracted to my waste?

  • Put any food waste in the compostable liners provided.
  • Keep the lid of your bin closed and the handle in the upright position (if using a 23 litre outdoor food bin).
  • Use the recycling bins for all recyclable waste.
  • Store bins out of direct sunlight where possible.
  • Dispose of solid waste from nappies down the toilet and double-bag nappies before putting them in your black bin. By double-bagging waste and sealing tightly, the maggots should not be able to escape. Have you thought about reusable nappies?
  • Where any maggots are found in your bin, after your next collection disinfect with mild detergent and warm water.

How do I get more compostable liners?

Simply tie an empty liner to the lid of your pink lidded bin or 23 litre outdoor food bin and place out for collection as normal. We'll then deliver some more liners for free. You can also collect two rolls of kitchen caddy liners, free of charge, from the Gateway centres and other locations across the city.

How do I keep my bin clean?

Wheeled bins can be rinsed with warm water and mild detergent to keep them clean.

What happens to my food waste?

Once we have collected your food waste, it is taken to a local processing plant.

A video showing how food waste is recycled is available on the Recycle for Greater Manchester website.

Does Salford recycle clothes or shoes?

We do not collect textiles such as clothes or shoes as part of our recycling service. However we would encourage you to take unwanted clothes and shoes to your local charity shop or recycle them at one of our household waste recycling centres (HWRC) or recycling bring sites.

Downloadable documents

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This page was last updated on 14 June 2019

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