Garden Waste Recycling

Green Waste Bin

If your bin has be lost or damaged you can request a new one by filling in the form below.

Request a replacement bin

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 2017/18

For more information or if you would like to sign up for the additional green bin service please contact csc@braintree.gov.uk

What can go in:

  • grass cuttings
  • shrub prunings & hedge trimmings
  • garden weeds, plants & leaves
  • flowers
  • 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 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

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.

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.