Garden Waste Recycling

What can I put in my Green Wheeled Bin?

You can put in:

  • grass cuttings
  • shrub prunings & hedge trimmings
  • garden weeds, plants & leaves
  • flowers
  • tree branches (less than 30cm circumference and 1 metre in length)

You can't put in:

  • food of any kind (including raw fruit and vegetables and peelings)
  • no plastic bags of any kind (including bio-degradable/degradable ones)
  • plant pots & garden tools/ornaments etc.
  • metal, glass, plastic
  • cat litter, dog mess, or anything containing any animal waste or faeces
  • nappies
  • soil or turf
  • coal ash
  • Japanese knotweed

We cannot empty green bins that have any of these things in them as they would contaminate the whole green waste load. And we cannot take additional bags of waste placed by your bins.

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. There is a subscription service for a second 180 litre green wheeled bin.

Please see  Subscription prices 2017/18

Service collection dates for the winter period are currently under review and, if changed, pro rata charges will apply to reflect the change in service. For more information, details of costs and to sign up for the additional green bin service please contact csc@braintree.gov.uk

What happens to my garden waste?

Pure garden waste such as grass cuttings, prunings and leaves can be composted by the "open windrow" 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.