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.