Council Rolls Out Changes to Waste and Recycling Collections

Food waste to be picked up from 50,000 household plus new recycling wheelie bins

Veolia bin lorries are already handling collections in the borough

September 11, 2023

Food waste collections are to be introduced for more than 50,000 households in the borough of Hammersmith & Fulham over the next few months.

The move is part of a package of changes to refuse and recycling arrangements which will see new wheelie bins for many in the area.

The 16,000 households who receive the new wheeled bins no longer need to use clear sacks for recycling, as all clean and dry recycling can be placed loose in your recycling bin.

If you're included in the new food waste and wheeled bin service, you should have recently received a leaflet with further details. It follows an earlier launch of wheeled bins to more than 5,000 local households in 2020. And if you already have food waste and wheeled bin collections and need a replacement wheeled bin or additional food waste caddies, email:

There will be no changes to your normal collection days. The new food waste collections will take place on the same day as your bin collections. If you receive twice-weekly collections of recycling and waste, your food waste will only be collected on the day of your first collection. (For example, if your collection days are Monday and Wednesday, your food waste will only be collected on Monday.)

If you have any questions or concerns about the new food waste collections or wheeled bins, email:

From left to right: 240 litre green recycling wheeled bin, 140 litre dark grey wheeled refuse bin, 23 litre collection caddy and 7 litre food caddy for indoor useFrom left to right: 240 litre green recycling wheeled bin, 140 litre dark grey wheeled refuse bin, 23 litre collection caddy and 7 litre food caddy for indoor use

What can I put in the food waste caddies?

Use for food scraps and unwanted leftovers including:

  • fish, meat and bones
  • leftovers and plate scrapings
  • bread, rice and pasta
  • fruit and veg peelings
  • teabags and coffee grounds.

How to use your food caddies:

  • line your indoor food caddy with a compostable liner or wrap food in newspaper
  • when you need to empty your caddy, tie the top of the liner and put it in the outdoor food container
  • ensure your outdoor food container is locked to protect food waste from animals and birds.

Do not put any of these in the food caddies:

Check what you can recycle in the green bin.

From Monday 4 September, you may notice that the time changes when your recycling and waste are collected. Vehicles will now only collect one material at a time, which the council says is more efficient and improves the quality of recycling.

If your bin is not collected, you are asked to wait until 4pm before making a report. With your recycling and waste being collected by two different vehicles, crews may arrive later on your collection day.

In order not to miss a collection, make sure your bins are outside by 6am on your day of collection and leave your bin visible at the edge of your property, close to the pavement (but not on it).

Like Reading Articles Like This? Help Us Produce More

This site remains committed to providing local community news and public interest journalism.

Articles such as the one above are integral to what we do. We aim to feature as much as possible on local societies, charities based in the area, fundraising efforts by residents, community-based initiatives and even helping people find missing pets.

We’ve always done that and won’t be changing, in fact we’d like to do more.

However, the readership that these stories generates is often below that needed to cover the cost of producing them. Our financial resources are limited and the local media environment is intensely competitive so there is a constraint on what we can do.

We are therefore asking our readers to consider offering financial support to these efforts. Any money given will help support community and public interest news and the expansion of our coverage in this area.

A suggested monthly payment is £8 but we would be grateful for any amount for instance if you think this site offers the equivalent value of a subscription to a daily printed newspaper you may wish to consider £20 per month. If neither of these amounts is suitable for you then contact and we can set up an alternative. All payments are made through a secure web site.

One-off donations are also appreciated. Choose The Amount You Wish To Contribute.

If you do support us in this way we’d be interested to hear what kind of articles you would like to see more of on the site – send your suggestions to the editor.

For businesses we offer the chance to be a corporate sponsor of community content on the site. For £30 plus VAT per month you will be the designated sponsor of at least one article a month with your logo appearing if supplied. If there is a specific community group or initiative you’d like to support we can make sure your sponsorship is featured on related content for a one off payment of £50 plus VAT. All payments are made through a secure web site.