Our food waste caddy is hardly the most glamorous corner of our kitchen, but it’s definitely an important one.
With sustainability and low-waste lifestyles ever more important to all of our lives, food waste bins aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. In fact, many of us are keen to lower our impact on the planet even further.
However, if you’ve invested time and money into doing up your kitchen to look picture-perfect, the food waste caddy provided by your local authority can be a bit of an eyesore in your otherwise carefully curated scheme.
But there is a solution! You don’t have to look far these days to find a stylish food caddy. There are dozens of options available for purchase online, to make sure your food recycling bin is adding to your decor rather than taking anything away.
If you like a modern look, brands like Brabantia specialise in creating sleek food waste caddies in contemporary styles, often in a range of on-trend shades like pastel pink or mint green.
Or perhaps you prefer a kitchen compost caddy, designed to look more like a traditional garden bin and complete with airholes to encourage healthy decomposition. These dustbin-style caddies are the ideal choice to complement rustic or Cottagecore decor schemes.
Buying your own food waste bin doesn’t just allow you to get creative – clever design features like carbon odour filters and removable liners make the products on our list a practical and hygienic option, too.
Read on for our favourite stylish food caddies on the market in the UK now. And don’t forget to check out our guide to the best kitchen bins, too!
Stylish food waste and compost caddies
Brabantia Compost Food Waste Caddy, John Lewis, £16.99
The Brabantia brand is synonymous with high-quality contemporary storage solutions, and they are especially well known for their stylish bins. This food bin caddy, available exclusively through John Lewis, is no exception – with its rounded lines and on-trend grey tone, it’s a truly sophisticated option.
With a 1.8 litre storage capacity, this discreet little caddy is an ideal choice for a smaller household; and, at 22cm wide, it certainly won’t clutter up your countertop.
Made of tough ABS plastic, with a durable stainless steel handle, it’s also a practical choice – plus, it comes with Brabantia’s two-year guarantee.
Otto 2.5L Compost Bucket, La Redoute, £18.00
One thing we always love about La Redoute is their impeccable French style. Usually we’re talking about their chic storage baskets or super-sleek cabinets, but the brand’s Gallic glamour even extends to your kitchen food caddy!
In jet black coated steel, the Otto compost bucket is a truly stylish food waste caddy. With a storage capacity of 2.5L, it will tuck away neatly in the corner of a kitchen worktop or under a counter.
Fitted with a removable plastic liner to make cleaning a breeze, the Otto also comes with two carbon filters to absorb odours before they reach the outside.
Joseph Joseph Intelligent Waste, Stack 4 Food Waste Caddy with Odour Filter, Amazon.co.uk, £22.99
Joseph Joseph’s food waste caddy boasts an elegant contemporary design, with smooth curved lines and a smart stainless steel carry handle. We are partial to the off-white stone shade, which would complement any kitchen scheme, but you can also choose from models available in graphite or grey-blue.
The major selling point of this kitchen waste caddy, however, is its intelligent features – the ventilated lid prevents the build-up of moisture inside the bin, while the replaceable odour filter ensures no unwanted smells escape. Inside, you’ll find a liner-retaining hole to hold your bag or liner in place to avoid any spillages.
Omnioutil Storage Bucket & Lid, Trouva, £19.95
Here’s something a little out of the ordinary! Omnioutil buckets are not only quirky and cute, but also an incredibly versatile storage solution – they’re ultra-strong, waterproof, mould-resistant and can survive pretty much all weathers and temperatures, meaning they can be used for pretty much everything.
Made of sturdy, heavy-duty plastic, this durable and easy to clean pail is especially convenient for use as a food bin caddy.
The real advantage of the Omnioutil bucket is that it’s available in a wide range of eye-catching shades, from subtle grey and green to vibrant mustard or purple. We particularly like this trendy pink and grey combo!
Eko Compost Caddy, Lakeland, £17.99
This sleek and stylish food waste caddy in metallic Titanium Blue wouldn’t look out of place on your countertop alongside high-end appliances.
The Eko compost caddy comes with a lipped lid for easy opening and a fold-down carry handle, as well as a handy built-in frame to hold down your bin liner or compostable bag, preventing any food mess from spilling into the caddy.
It can hold up to 4 litres of food waste, making it one of the larger countertop kitchen waste caddies on the market and thus a great option for a busy household.
All-Green Brown Natural Fibre Kitchen Compost Caddy, Amazon.co.uk, £21.99
Recycling our food waste is all part of living a more sustainable lifestyle, but if you want to go even further, look no further than this plastic-free kitchen compost caddy from All-Green. Made from bamboo fibre, coffee bean husks and cornstarch, it’s the ultimate eco-friendly option, and holds up to 4.5 litres of waste.
We love the rustic pail look – but don’t worry, the ventilated and filtered lid means you’ll avoid any ‘rustic’ smells in your kitchen. Use with compostable bags to embrace the ultimate zero-waste experience.
Where to buy food caddy liners
- Nisbets – 10L Small Compostable Caddy Liners x 24, £2.38
- Amazon – 6L Compost Bin Liners x 150, £10.99
- Wilko – 10L Home Compost Caddy Liners x 20, £2
- Ocado – 7L 100% Biodegradable Compost Food Caddy Liners x20, £1.87
- B&Q – 10L Compostable bags x 20, £1.97
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