Brown bin

What goes in your brown bin?

Brown wheelie binCheck your collection calendar for your last brown bin collection of 2017.

Bin collection days

Your brown bin is for the collection of garden waste.


  • Flowers and plants
  • Grass clippings
  • Hedge trimmings
  • Garden weeds
  • Leaves
  • Small branches (a maximum of 6 inches in length and 2 inches in diameter)


  • General refuse
  • Plastic bags and bin liners
  • Cat and dog waste
  • Foodstuff (including fruit and vegetable peelings)
  • Soil, stones, slabs, rubble or hardcore
  • Plant pots, seedling trays or plant labels 
  • Garden furniture and ornaments including gnomes, lights or fountains
  • Fence panels, posts or trellises
  • Chemicals and liquids including plant feed or weedkiller
  • Pet hutch waste

Using your brown bin

  • Place waste directly in the bin. Do not use carrier bags or bin liners.
  • Make sure the lid closes fully to allow us to empty the bin safely. The bin must not be too heavy for us to move.
  • Your brown bin will be collected fortnightly from mid March until mid November.

           Download your collection calendar.

Employing a gardener

If you employ a gardener to do your garden, they should not use your brown bin and should instead take any waste to a licensed site. This includes grass clippings, prunings and hedge trimmings. This is because if you pay a gardener, the waste they produce is business waste, not household waste.

Excess garden waste

If you have a large quantity of garden waste or large items such as branches, trunks, soil or turf, please take your waste to one of our Household Waste Recycling Centres.

This waste can also be collected as part of our bulky uplift service. There will be a charge for this.