Garden waste can be put in your brown lidded bin. Please make sure the bin lid is fully closed on your collection day.
What can you put in the garden bin?
- Shrub prunings
- Garden weeds
- Plants and leaves
- Hedge trimmings
- Dead flowers
- Cut grass
- Small tree branches (around 15cm in width, 1m in length)
- Christmas trees (during January and February). Trees left out to the side of the bin will not be taken.
- Food waste (this includes any type of food from your kitchen or garden such as windfall apples and the edible parts of raw fruit or vegetables grown in your garden)
- Pet/animal waste or bedding (such as straw, sawdust or bird seed)
- Soil, compost, turf or peat (for example from hanging baskets)
- Building materials
- Plastic carrier or polythene bags
- No ceramic/plastic plant pots or plastic trays
- Domestic waste
- Cardboard or paper
- Compostable/biodegradable bags, film or packaging
Where does it go?
Additional garden waste collection service
Great news! You can now pay for an additional garden waste bin.
It costs £45 to join the additional garden waste collection service. This cost is for the delivery and fortnightly emptying of an additional garden waste bin until 31 May 2022.
How many garden waste bins can I pay for?
You can pay for one additional garden waste bin.
Households that currently have one garden waste bin can pay for an additional garden waste bin. This means you would have a maximum of two garden waste bins.
However, if you already have two garden waste bins dating back to 2013 when an additional bin was made available to households, you can pay for a further additional garden waste bin. This means you would have a maximum of three garden waste bins.
For more information about this service, please take a look at our frequently asked questions.
Frequently Asked Questions - Additional garden waste collection service (PDF Document, 0.14 Mb)
Home composting is the best environmental option for garden waste as the material doesn't need to be transported anywhere. See our composting page for more information.
Garden waste collections - Frequently asked questions
What if I already compost all my garden waste and don't want a garden waste bin?
Obviously we don't want to stop you home composting - because this is the best thing to do.
But even if there are only small amounts of branches or prunings that you used to throw away in your black bin, these could go in the garden bin.
What happens if I am producing more garden waste than will fit in the bin?
Home composting is the first and best thing you can do with any garden waste.
Other ways to deal with garden waste are to make a compost heap, spread grass cuttings in flower borders or under shrubs. You can mulch the waste to reduce volume, take excess to the local tip or stagger the waste until the next collection.
Why can't I put food waste in my brown lidded bin?
We cannot accept food waste (including any food grown in the garden) in the brown lidded bin. This is because the facility where we take the garden waste is not licensed to accept it.
Your garden waste is sent to an open-windrow composting facility, where the garden waste is processed in the open air. If it contained any kind of food waste it would attract scavenging vermin such as birds and rats.
Food waste can also potentially contain pathogens (germs that cause diseases). As the garden waste is not heat treated, any pathogens present would not be destroyed. Some other councils can accept food waste in the garden bin as it is sent to an 'in-vessel' composting facility where it is heat-treated.
There are no suitable in-vessel composting facilities in the area, therefore we are directed by Leicestershire County Council (as the disposal authority) to the facility at Lount. The facility is licensed by the Environment Agency which prohibits food waste at the site. If the facility were to accept food waste, it would be in breach of their license.
Following the foot and mouth outbreak in 2003, the rules for composting were reviewed and tightened by the government. Since then compost also has to meet a strict standard called PAS 100 for resale. Putting the right items in your garden waste bin will help to make sure the compost meets this standard.
Why can't I put compostable/biodegradable packaging in my brown lidded bin?
We are not able to accept compostable/biodegradable packaging such as bags or film in the garden bin. This is because the garden waste is sent to an outdoor composting facility. The process the garden waste goes through does not allow compostable/biodegradable bags or film to breakdown quick enough as it doesn’t involve heat to allow this such as in-vessel composting.
Please dispose of this type of packaging in the black bin.
- Frequently Asked Questions - Additional garden waste collection service (PDF Document, 0.14 Mb)
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Last updated: Wed 13 October, 2021 @ 13:13