The Clip and Collect (brown bin) service, is a paid for service, which runs for 21 collections June to June. All new applications and renewals must be registered with us during the sign-up and renewal window so we can schedule them into our collection rounds.
How to sign up for a brown bin
The sign-up window for the Clip and Collect (brown bin) service is open. Due to the popularity of the service there are limited spaces available this year, please sign up in plenty of time to guarantee your slot.
If you have an active Direct Debit you do not need to renew your subscription as it will renew automatically.
There is an annual fee starting from £50 for the service, discounted to £45 for Direct Debit customers.
You can renew your current bins or change the number of bins, please note there is a maximum of 2 bins per household.
Clock Completing this form takes around 10 minutes.
Paperclip To complete this form you will need your bank details to set up a Direct Debit or card details if paying by card. Please read the terms and conditions before you request a brown bin.Request a brown bin Renew your brown bin
After you've signed up
New subscribers: Provided you are eligible for the service we will deliver your bin(s) and release your collection calendar prior to the start of collections in June.
Existing subscribers: Your subscription will continue as normal, any requests to add or remove bins will be completed prior to the start of the new rounds in June.
Garden waste collections
If you do not have a current subscription, you will need to have your garden waste removed during the winter break, or if you have excess, you can request a garden waste bags collection, or use other ways to dispose of your waste.
About the brown bin service
The brown bin, or Clip & Collect service provides fortnightly collections of garden waste between February and November.
To be eligible for a brown bin, you must have a current collection service for a standard grey or green wheelie bin.
- You can request up to two standard 240-litre brown wheelie bins to recycle domestic garden waste.
- The service takes a winter break between December and February each year.
- All the waste is turned into organic material. This is used for a range of industrial and commercial purposes.
Unfortunately, we can't collect a brown bin from some properties. If your property is one of those, you will be informed when you try to sign up.
If you need assistance having your brown bin emptied, it can be arranged after you sign up for Clip & Collect. We may need to carry out a quick survey of your property before we offer assistance with your brown bin. We will let you know about that when you enquire about assistance.
Enquire about an assisted collection: Assisted bin collections
Brown bin collection dates
Bin collection dates tells you when your bin is being collected.
What you can put in your brown bin
- Grass cuttings
- Tree and hedge clippings
- Weeds (excluding controlled weeds such as Giant Hogweed or Japanese Knotweed)
- Plants and flowers
- Twigs and bark
- Small branches (under 4 inches in diameter)
Please leave waste loose. Do not put it in plastic bags.
What you can't put in your brown bin
- Rubble, gravel, and stones
- Infectious plants (such as Japanese Knotweed)
- Plant pots (including plastic and terracotta) or plastic ties
- Pet bedding or pet waste (for example, from a rabbit hutch or cat litter, or dog poo)
- General waste
- Food waste
- Plastic bags
Benefits of having a brown bin
- You are greener - by recycling your garden waste, you are being environmentally conscious. You are also acting to reduce climate change by cutting the number of plastic bin bags used
- You are cleaner - by reducing mess in the garden and smells in the car
- You are richer - there are no car trips to the household waste recycling centre
- You are relaxed - because you get to spend more time enjoying your garden
Going that one step further with recycling
Using our Clip and Collect service is not the only way you can recycle garden waste. If you have a very large garden, or want to make use of the organic material yourself, here are a few tips to follow: