Food and garden waste recycling bin

Garden waste uplift charge

At the budget meeting on 5 March, the Council approved a proposal to introduce a fee of £30 per year for the uplift of garden waste. The details have not yet been agreed and there is some work to be done before the charge can be implemented. We expect that the charge will be implemented later this year. At present, we can tell you that:

  • You will only need to pay the charge if you choose to use the garden waste service. It will not be added to your Council Tax.
  • You will not have to pay the charge if you only use your brown bin for food waste. We are required to provide a free food waste collection and that will continue.
  • If you do not wish to pay the charge, you can compost your garden waste at home or you will still be able to take it to your local Household Waste and Recycling Centre, free of charge.

We will provide more information about how and when the charge will be implemented as soon as we can. We will take the opportunity to learn from other Councils who have successfully implemented a charge for garden waste.

Food and garden waste collections

Your food and garden waste bin must be out for collection by 7am on your scheduled day.

Your brown wheelie bin is for recycling waste from the garden, such as grass cuttings, weeds and leaves, and food waste from the home.

  • All waste must fit in the bin with the lid closed.
  • No excess waste can be left on the street next to the bin.
  • Garden waste should be put into the bin loose.
  • Food waste can be loose, in kitchen caddy liners or wrapped in newspaper or a paper bag.
  • Remember to remove the bin from the kerbside as soon as is practical following collection.
  • If you are unable to put your bin out yourself, we may be able to offer assisted collections.

What you can recycle

Food waste

  • All cooked and uncooked food waste
  • Dairy and eggshells
  • Meat, fish and bones
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Bread, cakes and pastries
  • Rice and pasta
  • Tea bags
  • Coffee grounds
  • Solid fats such as butter or lard
  • Leftovers from preparing food
  • Leftovers from meals
  • Out of date food left in fridge or cupboards

Garden waste

  • Flowers
  • Grass cuttings
  • Hedge trimmings
  • Leaves
  • Small branches, bark and twigs
  • Weeds but not Ragwort or Japanese Knotweed

What you can't recycle

Please do not put any of the following items in your food and garden waste bin:

  • Pet food
  • Household waste
  • Food packaging
  • Plastic bags or black bags
  • Oils or liquids
  • Chemicals
  • Large branches
  • Fence panels, posts or treated wood such as trellises
  • Flower pots, seed trays or plastic plant labels

Additional bin

You can have up to two food and garden bins for your household. There is a £35 delivery charge for an additional bin.

You can have a food caddy and liners to use inside your house for collecting food waste. Delivery is free. 

Where to collect food caddy liners

If you need more liners for your food caddy, you can collect liners from:

The map below shows all the places that you can collect food caddy liners from. You can zoom in and out of the map using the plus and minus signs at the top left, or use the search box at the top right to find an address or postcode and see where you can collect food caddy liners nearby.

Alternatively you can order food caddy liners online.

Please note that once you submit your form it can take up to 10 working days to deliver your food caddy liners.


Additional waste

Please do not leave any extra waste or large items at the side of the bin because we will not be able to collect them. If you have excess waste or a large item that will not fit in the bin, you can:

Contact the Waste and Recycling team

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