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Green bin - food and garden waste

Green bin - food and garden waste

Green Bin Green -310936_640Your green wheelie bin is for garden waste and food waste, and is emptied every two weeks on the same day as your blue bin.

Some households may also have a small grey caddy for collecting food scraps before putting them into the green bin.

Yes please:

  • grass cuttings
  • prunings
  • windfalls
  • flowers
  • plants
  • weeds   
  • cooked and raw food and kitchen waste including:
    • fruit, salad, vegetable waste
    • egg shells
    • stale bread, cakes, pastries
    • rice, pasta, lentils
    • red meat, poultry, fish (including bones)
    • plate scrapings
    • tea bags, coffee grounds

No thanks:

  • cardboard
  • plastic bags or liners of any sort including biodegradable bags
  • soil and stones
  • dog or cat waste
  • pet bedding and shavings etc
  • wallpaper
  • timber or plywood
  • plastic or corn starch compostable bags. 

Please don't overfill your green bin - even a half filled bin can quickly become very heavy making it difficult to move and causing problems when the bins are emptied.

See our frequently asked questions about green bin collections.

Too much waste for your green bin?

If you have too much garden waste for your green wheelie bin you can take it to the Household Waste Recycling Centre

Sorry, we don't provide a bulk garden waste collection service and don't supply extra green wheelie bins.

Good to know:

Frequently asked questions about the green bin service 



No, cooking oil and fats should not be put in your green bin.

You can take waste oil to the Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Your green bin may smell especially in periods of hot weather, so you might want to wash it out after it has been emptied.

Maggots can develop in your green bin if food waste is left exposed, allowing flies to lay their eggs. Putting food waste into the caddy or green bin as soon as possible and closing the lid will reduce the chance of this.

If your green bin collection is not due for over a week, and your black bin is due to be emptied next, you could put your food waste into the black bin, especially during hot weather. 

Your caddy should not smell if you empty it regularly and give it a rinse before using it again.

If you can, add a layer of garden waste to your green bin before putting in any food waste, this will help avoid food sticking to the bottom of your bin.

You can wash your caddy and green bin regularly to keep them clean.

If you use cleaning products please give the caddy or bin a final rinse out with clean water and allow to dry before using again for garden and food waste.

When your food and garden waste is collected, it is taken to a composting facility which can compost all types of food and garden waste in an enclosed facility. The material is shredded and put into special tunnels where air circulation, temperature and moisture is controlled to break down the food and garden waste into compost product and soil conditioner.

No, the caddy is for you to use in your kitchen and then empty the contents into the green bin for collection.

Sorry, no, we don't provide food waste recycling at propeties with shared bins.

No, you can choose whether to put food waste in your green bin or your black bin.

We prefer you to use the green bin as your food waste will then be turned into compost, but, especially during hot weather, you may prefer to put food waste into whichever bin (green or black) will be emptied next.

Yes, replacement caddies are available for collection from the Town Hall Reception. 

You could also use a large empty ice cream tub or similar, or put your food waste straight into your green bin.

No, you must not put any kind of plastic bags in the caddy or green bin, even the ones which say they are compostable - they don't rot down in the process, and would spoil the compost.


Last updated on 13 February 2018