Garden waste collection service

Information about the proposal to introduce a charge for the collection of garden waste.

brownbin (1)We will empty your brown garden waste bin every two weeks from April until the end of October.

This year garden waste collections end on Tuesday 31 October 2017. Following public consultation the final decision about how garden waste collections will operate next year will be made shortly. Information about collections in 2018 will be published as soon as we are able to do so.

Your brown bin may be  emptied on a different day and week to your grey and green bins. You can use our postcode checker to find out when your bins will be emptied.

Since the ‘Foot and Mouth’ outbreak in 2001, the Government has imposed strict controls on composting schemes. If even one bin contains any of the contaminants listed below in the ’No’ column, the garden waste collection vehicle’s whole load will be rejected and will have to be sent to landfill.

Here is a list of what can and cannot be put into the brown bin


Grass cuttingsBin liners plastic bags Metal
Tree clippingsAnimal waste(dog and cat litter) Kitchen waste*
Hedge clippingsLarge amounts of soil Sawdust/sand
Old flowersFencing/ posts Ash
Bush clippingsVacuum cleaner dust Cooking oils
Old plantsNut shells garden Chemicals
Leaves collected from the garden and green frontagesLeaves collected from street gutters which may include litter, grit/chippings, road salt and asphalt residue

Kitchen waste means any waste produced within a domestic kitchen. It includes meat/fish (raw or cooked), vegetables/fruit waste or peelings, egg shells and tea bags.

The council currently collects garden waste for composting from approximately 94,000 properties in the borough.



There is a great deal of concern about the environment today and home composting is one way you can reduce the amount of waste that you put into your rubbish bin.

Composting is an inexpensive, natural process that transforms your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable food for your garden. Finished compost is great for using on flowerbeds, vegetable plots and mixing into planters.

The council has put an agreement in place enabling you to buy home composting bins from as little as £17.98 (plus delivery). To buy a home compost bin, composting accessories and water butts visit or telephone 0844 571 4444.

For more information about home composting visit