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Garden Waste Permit


On 1 October 2023 Glasgow City Council introduced a charge for the collection of garden waste in your brown bin.  The decision to charge for the collection of domestic garden waste was taken at the Council's annual budget meeting for 2023 to 2024 on Thursday 16 February 2023 (you can view the committee papers here).

Please note, applications for year one permits have now closed.  Year two of the scheme will commence on 1 October 2024 and permits will be valid until 30 September 2025. Households eligible to receive this service, will receive correspondence from the council in advance of year 2 of the scheme going live.  The online form will re-open at 9:00am on 5 August 2024 to allow residents to purchase year 2 permits.  These will then be dispatched from 1 September and be provided within 21 days.

We recommend eligible households sign up early after receiving the communication from the council.  Year 2 permits will be available to purchase until 30 June 2025.

If you are eligible for a brown bin, but don't have one you can order one using our online form.

Terms and Conditions

View our full terms and conditions are available here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions can be viewed here.

Brown Bin Recycling Dos and Don'ts

The brown bin is for the collection of garden and food waste only.  A list of the of the materials accepted and not accepted within the brown bin is noted below.

Brown Bin Do's and Don'ts
Garden Waste
Accepted (Target Items)Not Accepted (Non-target Items)
Grass cuttingGeneral waste
Hedge clippingsPlastic bags
Twigs and branesNappies
Weeds, with soil shaken offSoil, bricks, rubble
Flowers and plantsAnimal waste, bedding
Leaves 
Food Waste
Accepted (Target Items)Not Accepted (Non-target Items)
Dairy productsPlastic bags
Meat and bonesOils
FruitLiquids
VegetablesFood Packaging
Bread, cakes and pastries 
Rice and pasta 
Fish 
Tea bags and coffee grounds 


The contents of the brown bin are taken to a re-processor for treatment which produces a range of compost products.  Any non-target items placed within the brown bin negatively impacts the quality of the compost produced and may lead to collected material being rejected by the re-processor. 

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Last modified on 15 July 2024

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