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 Check your bin day.

Please note that we do not provide additional brown bins.

If you do not have a brown bin it is likely that our service does not run in your area - you can check this using Check your bin day. If no date appears for brown bin day collection, this means you are not on a brown bin route.

You will be unable to request a brown bin and will need to take your waste to one of our recycling sites. If you are unable to take your garden waste to a recycling site then you can request a garden waste collection.

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
  • Compost
  • Rubble
  • Noxious weeds

Our A to Z of reusing, recycling and waste disposal provides further details and explanations.

Noxious and invasive weeds

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 Environment Agency guidance for more information.

Missed bin collections

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

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.​​​​




How can I request a replacement bin?How can I request a replacement bin?<div class="ExternalClass72EDE4D8C430417AAF6796E28482CDAE">If your bin has been lost or stolen, you can order a replacement by calling us on 0113 222 44 06. There is a charge of £15.40, which can be paid for by debit or credit card.<span id="ms-rterangecursor-start" style="display:none;"></span><span id="ms-rterangecursor-end" style="display:none;"></span></div>
How can I keep my bins clean?How can I keep my bins clean?<div class="ExternalClass6F512DD243CE45AA98031605220CADEF">With good housekeeping, your bins should remain reasonably clean. There are also independent companies that can provide a bin cleaning service for you.<span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span></div>
I don't have a brown bin- can I start having collections?I don't have a brown bin- can I start having collections?<div class="ExternalClass8FD0ECABF5544FD5A50147224A0B7E53">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 <strong><a href="/recyclingsites">waste recycling sites</a></strong>. ​​</div>
When do I put my brown garden waste bin out?When do I put my brown garden waste bin out?<div class="ExternalClass264D868E0B934587AE242559869EC90D">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 <a href="/residents/Pages/Check-your-bin-day.aspx">check your bin day here​<span id="ms-rterangecursor-start" style="display:none;"></span><span id="ms-rterangecursor-end" style="display:none;"></span></a>. 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.​</div>



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