Food and garden waste

Food and garden waste is collected in a green bin or green caddy. Your bin or caddy should be available for collection from the edge of your property, or your collection point, from 6.30am on the day of collection.

Weekly green bin collections are back

  • Starting Monday 13 July, the collection of green bins will return to a weekly service. As the weekly service settles in, households are still limited to the collection of two green bins per household each week.
  • From Monday 27 July, households can present all of their green bins for collection each week.
  • So, if it's raw, cooked or gone off, we are asking everyone to recycle all of their unwanted food and their garden waste. Green bins should be presented for collection on the scheduled bin collection day only.

The information is reviewed daily so may change at short notice. Residents should read the Council's coronavirus information and follow us on social media for updates.

What food waste can be recycled?

  • Raw and cooked meat and fish – including bones
  • Raw and cooked fruit and vegetables
  • Leftovers from your plate
  • Rice, pasta, beans
  • Bread, cake and pastries
  • Cheese and eggs – including egg shells
  • Tea bags and coffee grounds

What garden waste can be recycled?

  • Flowers and plants [1]
  • Leaves from the garden
  • Grass cuttings and hedge clippings
  • Twigs and small branches
  • Hay and straw pet bedding (e.g. rabbits and guinea pigs) [2]

We will not empty green bins or green caddies which contain the following:

  • Liquids – milk, cooking oils, etc.
  • Plastic bags
  • Plastic food packaging
  • Glass
  • Rubble
  • Turf and ash
  • Soil and stone
  • Dog and cat faeces

Bags of waste presented to the side of the bin will not be collected. If you do have extra recycling, please take this to your local household waste recycling centre.

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[1] Cut flowers, house plants and pet bedding are considered to be household waste and not garden waste

[2] Pet bedding does not include cat litter or dog poo, which should continue to be put in the grey bin