What to put in your brown bin

Find out what you can and cannot put in your brown garden waste bin. 

Yes please

  • flowers and plants
  • grass cuttings
  • hedge clippings
  • leaves
  • twigs and small branches (no more than 3cm thick)
  • windfall fruit

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

No thanks

  • branches over 3cm thick
  • food waste, including fruit and vegetable peelings
  • Giant Hogweed
  • Himalyan Balsam
  • Japanese knotweed
  • pet bedding, pet waste or cat litter
  • plastic of any kind, including compostable and biodegradable plastics
  • Ragwort
  • rubble
  • soil or compost

Find out what to do with the things that cannot go in your brown bin in our A to Z of reusing, recycling and waste disposal.

Reduce your garden waste by composting at home

You can compost most types of garden waste at home. Find more information on composting.

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