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Important Information

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) there have been changes made to this service.   For further advice and guidance please read our dedicated services update page

Brown Bin Recycling

We are pleased to advise that the collection of brown recycling bins from front and back door properties (for food and garden waste) will restart from Monday 11 May 2020.

Please check your online collection calendar for your next scheduled collection date.

We understand that you may have built up excess garden waste over the last few weeks but please keep hold of any excess that doesn't fit in your brown bin and put it out over your next collection dates.  Collections will continue to take place fortnightly.  Waste placed at the side of bins will not be collected.  Alternatively, home composting is an environmentally friendly way of dealing with your garden waste - see the Royal Horticultural Society's composting guide for further details.

Whilst adhering to the Government advice on physical distancing, please help us by sharing this information with family, friends and neighbours who may not have access online to this information.

Thank you for your patience at this time.

What is it?

The brown bin service is for the collection of garden waste and food waste is only provided to houses that are part of the managed weekly collection service. Flats and tenements are not provided with this service.

Brown bins are collected every week throughout the year.  Information on uplift dates is on the collection calendar.

What can go into the brown bin?

The following items can be placed within the brown bin:

  • Food waste 
  • Flowers
  • Plants
  • Branches
  • Grass clippings
  • Hedge trimmings
  • Leaves

What should not be placed in the brown bin?

Please do not place the following items into your brown bin:

  • General waste
  • Bin liners/plastic bags (with the exception of compostable food caddy liners)
  • Soil
  • Litter
  • Stones
  • Rubble
  • Japanese Knotweed
  • Ragwort
  • Animal waste material

What happens to the brown bin contents?

The contents of the brown bin are taken to an external contractor where the waste is treated to produce compost.  This is then used within agriculture, regeneration projects, horticulture and landscaping projects.

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