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Garden waste collections

Please note: Garden waste collections will begin again on Monday 27th February 2017.

Brown garden waste bin

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 visit the Check your bin day page.

If you do not have a brown bin it is likely that our service does not run in your area. You will be unable to request a brown bin and will need to take your waste to one of our recycling sites.

What items can I put in my brown garden waste bin?
Yes please:

  • Flowers and plants
  • Grass cuttings
  • Hedge clippings
  • Leaves
  • Twigs and small branches (not more than 3 cm thick)
  • Windfall fruit
  • Weeds

Please put these into your bin loose and do not use any plastic bags.

No thanks:

  • Plastic of any kind
  • Glass
  • Food waste (including fruit skins)
  • Pet bedding, pet waste or cat litter
  • Soil
  • Rubble
  • Noxious weeds
Visit the A to Z of reusing, recycling and waste disposal page 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 information provided by the Environment Agency.

Missed bin collection

If your bin was not collected and it has been two days since the expected collection date, you can report a missed bin collection.

Additional brown bins

You cannot have an additional brown bin and you should only have one if you are on a brown bin route. To find out if you are on a brown bin route use the ‘check your bin day’. If no date appears for brown bin collection then you are not on a brown bin route.

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 our composting page for more information.​​​

Click to expandI don't have a brown bin- can I start having collections?

No. We currently collect garden waste from over 200,000 households across Leeds. Collections take place in areas with sufficiently high numbers of gardens to make the service cost-effective. We are unable to extend the service to more properties at this time; and householders who do not receive collections are asked to take their garden waste to one of the council’s waste recycling sites. ​​

Click to expandHow can I keep my bins clean?

With good housekeeping, your bins should remain reasonably clean. There are also independent companies that can provide a bin cleaning service for you.

Click to expandHow can I request a replacement bin?

If your bin has been lost or stolen, please visit the request bins page, if it has been damaged, please visit the damaged bin page

Click to expandWhen do I put my brown garden waste bin out?

Please put your brown bin out by 7am on the day of collection and put it away again as soon as you can after it has been emptied. You can check your bin day here​. It will be emptied every two weeks from March to November. Please note that we cannot take extra bags put at the side of your bin.​

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