Brown-lidded (food and garden waste) bin

Brown-lidded bin contents

To find out when your collections are, please find your street in our directory. You can also take excess garden waste to our Household Recycling and Reuse Centre (the tip).

If you don’t have a brown-lidded bin, or you need a new one, please visit our bin request page.

Please put your bin out for collection by 7am at the kerbside with the handles facing the road.

Bins should be removed from the highway as soon as possible following collection (maximum 24 hours) and returned to your property.

Please note that your bins will not be collected if rubbish is compacted, bin lids can’t close or bins are too heavy to safely be collected. Please do not put plastic bags in your bin. You can however use compostable liners. If your bin has not been collected you should have received a bin tag informing you of the reasons why this has happened. If your bin has not been collected and you have not received a bin tag please visit the missed bins page to report it.

Email alerts

You can sign up for free email alerts for your street's collection via our bin collection calendar.

What can I put in my brown-lidded (garden waste) bin?

What can I put in my brown bin?
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  • Grass clippings and shredded hedge-trimmings
  • Leaves, flowers and weeds
  • Straw and hay (if contaminated by animals please put in green-lidded bin)
  • Small twigs and branches
  • Food waste including cooked and uncooked food, meat, fish, bones, vegetables and fruit peelings, plate scrapings.
  • black-bagged waste
  • food packaging
  • garden furniture
  • polystyrene
  • Coal
  • Diseased plants
  • Dog poo, cat litter or nappies
  • Large amounts of soil or turf
  • Tree stumps
  • Rubble or bricks
  • Weedkiller
  • Plastic bags
  • Textiles - clothes and bedding
  • Plant pots

Download a printable A4 guide to what you can put in your brown-lidded bin.

Putting non-compostable items in your brown-lidded bin can cause lots of problems with the composting process. Common contaminations include plastics bags, food packaging, plant pots and rubble.

Please see the A-Z of rubbish and recycling if you are unsure of where an item should go.

What happens to the food waste?

Food waste can now be composted along with your garden waste. The process the materials will go through is In-Vessel composting. Once on site materials are shredded to a uniform size. The process is started by naturally occurring microorganisms which break the materials down and increase the temperature to 60-70 degrees. The temperatures will kill pathogens, weeds and seeds and this first stage takes 1-3 weeks. 

Once the initial stage is completed the materials are carefully monitored to ensure they reach the required temperature and oxygen and moisture levels and measured to ensure the materials are sanitised. Once sanitised the compost is left to mature, this can take 10-14 weeks.


If you wanted to start composting at home you can purchase a subsidised compost bin through Coventry Recycling Club. More information on home composting.

Customer Services

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Telephone: 08085 834333