Your bins

Your garden waste bin

Please note that garden waste collections will be a chargeable service from 4 April 2022. Subscriptions are now open. Please see Garden waste for more details.

  • Your garden waste bin is emptied once a fortnight.
  • We don’t collect extra garden waste, we will only take what is inside your bin
  • The lifting arms on our vehicles have a weight limit so if your bin is too heavy we can’t empty it. To avoid this, don’t squash too much waste into your bin and never put any soil or stones in with your garden waste.
  • What to put in your garden waste bin

What to put in your garden waste bin

  • Cut flowers
  • Grass cuttings
  • Hedge trimmings
  • Leaves and twigs
  • Pet straw
  • Small branches
  • Untreated sawdust
  • Weeds
  • Wood shavings

What not to put in your garden waste bin

  • Bricks
  • Cardboard
  • Cat or dog waste
  • Fats and oils
  • Flower pots
  • Paper
  • Plastic bags
  • Soil
  • Stones
  • Textiles

What happens to garden waste

Your garden bin waste is taken to an open windrow composting site in Northamptonshire. The waste is shredded and mixed to help it break down and then it is put into piles called windrows. Over the next few months it breaks down into compost which is used by local farmers.