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

Yes please

  • 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.

No thanks

  • 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.

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