If you have a brown (garden waste) bin, the service runs from March to November with collections taking place every fortnight. To download your calendar go to the Check your bin day page in Related Pages.
What items can I put in my brown garden waste bin?
- Flowers and plants
- Grass cuttings
- Hedge clippings
- Twigs and small branches (not more than 3 cm thick)
- Windfall fruit
Please put these into your bin loose and do not use any plastic bags.
- Plastic of any kind
- Food waste (including fruit skins)
- Pet bedding, pet waste or cat litter
- Noxious weeds
See the related page 'A to Z of reusing, recycling and waste disposal' for further details and explanations.
Noxious and invasive weeds, such as Japanese Knotweed, Himalayan Balsam, Ragwort, and Giant Hogweed cannot be collected or composted by Leeds City Council. 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 link to the Environment Agency in External links.
Composting at home
You can compost most types of garden waste at home. You will need a composter which can be obtained from most garden centres and also through Leeds City Council. Please visit the Composting page in Related Pages for more information.
Garden waste collections are being rolled out to further properties across Leeds.
We have written to residents who are being offered the extended service. If we haven't written to you then it means you aren't on the garden waste collection route.
Those householders were asked to let the council know if they didn’t want the service – for instance, if their garden is paved; or they compost all their garden waste; or they have a number of steps they would have to wheel the bin down.