Any household with a current collection service using a standard wheeled bin can request a brown bin for garden waste which is emptied every two weeks between February and November.

What you can put in your brown bin

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  • Grass cuttings
  • Tree and hedge clippings
  • Weeds (excluding controlled weeds such as Giant Hogweed or Japanese Knotweed)
  • Plants and flowers
  • Leaves
  • Twigs and bark
  • Small branches (under 4 inches in diameter)
Please leave waste loose. Do not use bags.

What you can't put in your brown bin

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  • Soil
  • Rubble, gravel and stones
  • Turf
  • Infectious plants (Japanese Knotweed)
  • Plant pots (including plastic and terracotta) or ties
  • Pet bedding or pet waste (eg. from a rabbit hutch)
  • General waste
  • Food waste
  • Plastic bags

Benefits of having a brown bin

  • Greener - you're helping the environment by recycling waste as well as reducing the number of plastic bin bags used
  • Cleaner - reduces mess and smells in the car
  • Quicker - saves time loading the car and travelling to the waste recycling centre
  • Efficient - save money on fuel costs and bin bags
  • Convenient - so you can spend more time enjoying the garden

How to recycle or dispose of other waste

More information: Bins and recycling - what goes where

A to Z list of what to do with your unwanted items and rubbish - which bin they go in, if they can be taken to household waste recycling centres (tips) or other recycling sites, and what other alternatives there are for disposing of them.

Alexa bin collection

Ask Alexa to remind you when your next bin collection is. Further information: Alexa, ask my Kirklees.