What goes in my brown bin?

The brown bin is for any cooked or uncooked food waste and garden waste.

Yes, please!

No, thank you!

Cooked and uncooked food wasteCardboard
Tea and coffee groundsSoil
Grass and hedge cuttingsHutch sweepings
Cut flowers and plantsAsh
Weeds, leaves and twigsFats and oils
Branches up to 10 cm (4 inches) in diameterRubble

The bin remains the property of the council and should not be removed from your home. It is the resident's responsibility to keep the bin clean while it's in use.

The Council no longer sell compostable liners. You can purchase these from most supermarkets, but please make sure they have the compostable logo.

Remember, your bins and sacks must be at the boundary of your property by 7 a.m. on collection day.

Please do not dispose of food waste in normal carrier bags as most of these cannot be composted.


Cardboard can no longer be placed in the brown bin. Cardboard should be placed in your blue recycling sack, or flattened and placed beside it.

Alternatively, you can take it to your local Recycling Centres

'Bio' and 'Compostable' Plastics

We are not able to accept 'bio' or 'compostable' plastics in the brown bin, except liners with the compostable logo. Please place 'bio' and 'compostable' liners without this logo in your black bin.

Compostable seedling logo

Producers of this packaging advise that their products can be processed through in-vessel composting, which is how the contents of the brown bin is treated. However a lot of in-vessel composting facilities, including the one we use, do not accept the material for the following reasons.

  1. The items look almost identical to their plastic counterparts so when they are mixed with organic waste they are difficult to tell apart from the plastic version and would likely be removed before processing, which comes at an additional expense.
  2. The processors have found that the material doesn't always break down completely during the process. This can affect the end quality of the compost and in some cases prevent it from reaching the relevant quality standards (PAS100) to be used as compost.