Garden Waste Recycling
Green Waste Bin
Garden Waste Collection Service – Fortnightly collections have resumed
Your fortnightly collections will resume between Monday 13th – Friday 24th July, depending on when your recycling day occurs during these two weeks.
Read the full details at www.braintree.gov.uk/coronavirus under ‘Service changes and updates’.
To check your collection dates: www.braintree.gov.uk/collectioncalendar
If your bin has been lost or damaged you can request a new one by filling in the form below.
Can I have a second green wheeled bin?
The largest capacity we can offer residents for their free domestic garden waste collection is one 240 litre green wheeled bin. However, there is a subscription service for a second 180 litre green wheeled bin. To find out how much it costs, please see our subscriptions price fees for 2019/20.
For more information or if you would like to sign up for the additional green bin service please contact [email protected]
What can go in:
- grass cuttings
- shrub prunings & hedge trimmings
- garden weeds, plants & leaves
- tree branches (less than 30cm circumference and 1 metre in length)
What can't go in:
- food of any kind (including raw fruit and vegetables or peelings)
- no plastic bags of any kind (including bio-degradable/degradable ones)
- compostable containers/cutlery
- plant pots & garden tools/ornaments etc.
- metal, glass, plastic
- cat litter, dog mess, or anything containing any animal waste or faeces
- soil or turf
- coal ash
- Japanese knotweed
If your bin contains any of the above items then it will not be emptied as it will contaminate the whole load. We also cannot take additional bags of waste placed by your bins.
For more details on what can and can't go in your green waste bin view our Recycling and Refuse directory
What if I cannot manage to move my bin?
We understand that some people are not able to move their bins to the collection area. Find out about requesting an assisted collection.
What happens to my garden waste?
Pure garden waste such as grass cuttings, prunings and leaves can be composted by the "open window" method. The process is relatively simple and similar to a garden compost heap. The garden waste is shredded before being heaped into long "windrows". The windrows are turned on a regular basis during the composting process to improve oxygen content and distribute heat and moisture. The resulting material is then screened and graded into compost for various end uses in landscaping and horticulture. Windrow composting cannot be used to process any food waste.
Please note that leaving bins and/or waste out is in contravention of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Your wheeled bins should be stored securely within the boundary of your property between collections and put out for collection earliest the night before and latest by 7am on the day of your collection.