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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 go to the Check your bin day page in Related Pages

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
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 will start to receive this service from March this year.

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


Will I be getting brown bin collections?

If you did not receive a letter, you will not be able to receive this service at this time.

Work is continuing to consider a number of properties that need specialist, smaller vehicles to access them. We currently aim to complete this further work by early summer 2015.

Garden waste can be taken to any of the household waste recycling sites, which are open every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. For more information, please visit www.leeds.gov.uk/recyclingsites.

Garden waste can be collected as a bulky waste collection if you do not have access to the kerbside collection service. This waste must be double bagged and be the same type of waste that would normally go in a brown bin. For more information, please visit www.leeds.gov.uk/bulky​​

I have received my letter and I want garden waste collections. When do I get my garden waste bin?

We will start delivering the bins in February and yours will be placed outside your property. Please make sure you take the bin into your garden as soon as possible after delivery.

How will I know when my collection day is?

We will send you a letter showing your calendar of collections for this year. Please keep this handy.

How 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.

Can I have an extra brown bin?

No, the brown bin is not intended for residents to start producing extra garden waste but to separate garden waste already produced and make it easy to recycle. If you have extra garden waste that you can't fit in your bin you can home compost it or take it to your nearest household waste recycling site.

Why can't I put food waste in my brown bin?

Only garden waste can be put into your brown bin. Please do not put food waste into your brown bin because of the 'Animal By-products Orders'.  Food waste needs to be composted under very strict conditions that make sure harmful bacteria are killed off to stop the spread of disease.

When 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. 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.​