- Grass clippings
- Hedge trimmings
- Flowers and pot plants
- Small twigs and branches (no bigger than 100mm/4" in diameter)
- Food waste (including fruit and vegetables)
- Plastic bags and bin liners (including biodegradable bags)
- Animal waste, including pet litter and bedding
- Other household waste, for example, nappies, vacuum cleaner contents, ash, metal, glass, plastic, newspapers, magazines, polystyrene or plastic plant pots
Why can't I put food waste in my brown bin?
In 2011 arrangements for managing fruit and vegetable waste were changed because of the previous outbreak of foot and mouth disease. The outbreak was attributed to inadequately treated food waste being fed back to cattle. This prompted the introduction of regulations governing the processing of waste animal by-products (meat and meat products, dairy, eggs, for example) and other foodstuffs that may have come into contact with this material.
Regulatory agencies locally (Animal Health, Trading Standards) have determined that fruit and vegetable wastes processed within a domestic or commercial kitchen in which animal by-products have also been prepared, could be cross contaminated and as such must now be subject to the same regulatory regime. This means that kitchen waste can no longer be composted along with garden waste in the composting systems we use.
For more information please see GOV.UK - Guidance for the animal by-product industry.
A more detailed definition of catering waste can also be found on the Environment Agency website.
New residents are provided with a brown bin free of charge. Please complete the bin request form for new residents or contact the Customer Contact Centre.
You may also be eligible for a free replacement bin if yours has been lost, stolen or damaged. If you are not eligible there is a charge please see our fees and charges page.
Please complete the replacement bins/boxes request form or contact the Customer Contact Centre.
What happens next?
Find out what happens next to your garden waste.