Brown bin

What goes in your brown bin

Use your brown bin for food waste -

  • meat, fish and bones
  • plate scrapings/leftovers
  • fruit and vegetable peelings
  • tea bags and coffee grounds
  • egg shells
  • stale bread
  • cheese

Use your brown bin for garden waste - 

  • grass and hedge cuttings
  • cut and dry flowers
  • twigs and small branches
  • leaves
  • weeds and small shrubs
  • house plants
  • straw bedding for rabbits, hamsters and guinea pigs (not cat litter or dog waste)

Please use the picture guide below for further information about what can and cannot go into your brown bin- 

We do not accept the following items in the brown bin -

  • soil, stones or rubble
  • cat or dog waste
  • plastics or plastic packaging
  • glass
  • wood
  • metal


  • the brown bin is emptied every two weeks
  • we empty bins between 7am and 4.30pm
  • bins need to be at the boundary of your property with the handle facing towards the road no later than 7am
  • number all your bins, so they are not mistaken for your neighbours’ bins
  • make sure all bin lids are fully closed
  • return your bin to your property  as soon as you can after it has been emptied
  • if your bin is missed, please contact us within 48 hours of your collection day
  • no side waste with the brown bin

If you are on a brown bin round you are unable to have a food bin as the vehicle is unable to lift it.

Find out more about Household Waste Recycling Centres

Only use Council provided liners in your kitchen caddy.

If you need more liners, place the tag from the end of the liner roll or tie a single liner to your brown bin handle when you present it for emptying.

Free liners are also available from your -

  • local library
  • customer service centre
  • local household waste recycling centre

Request a new bin

Use the online form below to request a -

  • replacement bin
  • additional bin
  • kitchen caddy 
  • removal of a bin

What happens to my brown bin waste?

It is taken to a local in-vessel composting site, where it is made into compost and soil improver for agricultural, horticulture and home use.


Assisted collections

If you need help moving your bin you can request an assisted collection by telephoning 01482 300 300 or email