- Shrub prunings
- Garden weeds
- Plants and leaves
- Hedge trimmings
- Dead flowers
- Cut grass
- Small tree branches.
- Food waste
- Pet waste or bedding
- Soil or rubble
- Building materials
- Plastic carrier or polythene bags
- No ceramic/plastic plant pots or plastic trays
- Domestic waste
- Carboard or paper
- Compostable/biodegradable bags or film
Where does it go?
We take compostable garden waste to a windrow compost facility in Lount near Ashby, which is run by a company called SITA.
There the material is unloaded and shovelled into big heaps. The composting process begins immediately and the operators have to manage the compost heaps in a process known as 'turning'.
At the end of the process the good quality compost is used mainly in the construction industry and by landscapers.
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 brown lidded bin. If you feel that you won't use the bin you can request us to remove the 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 throw food waste in my brown bin?
We cannot accept food waste in the brown lidded bin because the facility where we take the garden waste will not accept these materials as they are not licensed to.
But these items are easily home composted.
Why can't I put compostable/biodegradable bags or film in my brown bin?
We are not able to accept compostable/biodegradable 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 these bags or film by either recycling them in carrier bag banks at supermarkets or disposing of them in the black domestic waste bin.
Last updated: Tue 6 August, 2019 @ 10:25