Brown bin collections are due to start again from 22nd March. These have been slightly delayed due to COVID-19 and the recent lockdown.
Check your bin day to see when your collection will commence.
Here's a reminder of what you can and can't put in your brown bins.
flowers and plants
twigs and small branches (no more than 3 cm thick)
weeds (except noxious weeds)
Please put these into your bin loose and do not use any plastic bags.
plastic of any kind, including compostable and biodegradable
food waste (including fruit and veg peelings)
pet bedding, pet waste or cat litter
Noxious and invasive weeds
Noxious and invasive weeds, such as Japanese Knotweed, Himalayan Balsam, Ragwort, and Giant Hogweed cannot be collected or composted by us.
If you place a noxious weed in your brown bin, our crew will mark it as contaminated. You will need to remove the contaminant and put your bin out on the next collection day.
For advice on disposing of noxious weeds, please see the Environment Agency guidance for more information.
Don't have a brown bin?
If you do not have a brown bin it is likely that our service does not run in your area - you can check this using Check your bin day. If no date appears for brown bin day collection, this means you are not on a brown bin route.
You will be unable to request a brown bin and will need to take your waste to one of our recycling centres. If you are unable to take your garden waste to a household waste recycling centre then you can request a garden waste collection.
Missed bin collections
If your bin was not collected and it has been two days since the expected collection date, you can report a missed bin collection.
Order a replacement brown bin
If your bin has been lost or stolen, see new or replacement bin for more information and to order. There is a charge of £15.40, which can be paid for by debit or credit card.
Composting at home
You can compost most types of garden waste at home. You will need a composter which can be found at most garden centres and through our partner Great Green Systems. See our composting page for more information.