Garden waste

Garden waste bin

Garden waste collections are a subscription-based service. You can subscribe online.

If you have subscribed, you can check your collections calendar for you garden waste collection dates. 

As with all waste collections, it is vital that you do not put the wrong items in your garden waste bin. Your garden waste is turned into compost, which must not contain more than 1% of the wrong items. If our contractors see too much other waste in a vehicle load they might send it all to landfill.

You can find out what happens to your garden waste and more on the Birch Composting website.

What can go in your garden waste bin

You can put most garden waste in your garden waste bin, such as:

  • grass cuttings
  • shrub prunings and hedge trimmings
  • garden weeds, plants and leaves
  • flowers
  • tree branches that are less than 30 centimetres in circumference and 1 metre in length

What can't go in your garden waste bin

We can't empty your garden waste bin if it is too heavy or you put in:

  • food of any kind (including raw fruit and vegetables or peelings)
  • plastic bags of any kind (including bio-degradable and degradable ones)
  • compostable containers and cutlery
  • plant pots, garden tools and ornaments
  • metal, glass and plastic
  • cat litter or dog mess
  • nappies
  • excessive soil or turf
  • coal ash
  • Japanese knotweed
  • rubble or gravel

If your garden waste bin contains any of these items we will not empty it, as it will contaminate the whole load of green waste. We also cannot take additional bags of waste placed by your bins.

You can search and find more details on what can and cannot go in your green waste bin or check your collections calendar.

If you have lost or damaged your garden waste bin, you can purchase a new one online.

Purchase a replacement garden bin

To complete this form, you will need to tell us:

  • your name, address and contact details
  • debit or credit card

How we deal with your garden waste

We use an open windrow method to compost your garden waste. A windrow is a long line of compostable material, put out to dry naturally. The process is relatively simple and similar to a garden compost heap.

Windrow composting is ideal for pure garden waste such as grass cuttings, prunings and leaves, but cannot process food waste.

Using windrow composting, our contractor:

  • shreds the garden waste before piling into long windrows
  • turns the windrows on a regular basis during the composting process. This improves oxygen content and distributes heat and moisture
  • screens and grades the resulting material for use in landscaping and horticulture

Moving home

If you are moving to another home within our district and have a garden waste subscription, you should take your bins with you when you move.

If you are moving outside of our district, you should still take your bins with you, as they are your property. However, you may not be able to use it for garden waste collections provided by a different local authority.

More recycling

You can also recycle your garden waste by:

Compost bin special discount

You can contact Essex County Council to apply for their special discount compost bin offer.

Assisted collections

We understand that not everyone is able to bring their bins to the collection point.

We offer assistance where there is a genuine need. Find out more about requesting an assisted collection.  

Storing your bins

You should store your green wheeled bin within the boundary of your property between collections. Please put your bin out by 7am on your collection day, or no earlier than the night before.

Leaving bins or waste outside the boundary of your property between collections is an offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. 

Customer Services

Address: Causeway House,
Bocking End,
Braintree,
Essex,
CM7 9HB

Telephone: 01376 552525

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