As winter slowly turns into spring, the bulbs are pushing up through the cold soil across the country and householder’s minds are turning to gardening.
There is always plenty to do in the garden in winter and spring, readying it for the year ahead — whether you grow your own fruit and veg, enjoy planting a dazzling array of flowers, or simply like to keep on top of the maintenance.
New gardeners are always surprised by the amount of waste produced by their activities and, if you’re a new gardener or have recently moved house and acquired a garden, you may be wondering what to do with all this garden waste.
Most local councils provide households with a garden waste wheelie bin — however, if you don’t already have one outside your home, you may need to request one; head to the waste and recycling page on your local authority’s website to find out more.
Please note that most local councils charge a fee for collecting garden waste as it isn’t a statutory service — this tends to be an annual fee and, at the time of writing, the charge varies from £22 to £96 around the country.
Some councils will charge you for the garden waste bin or a collection bag on top of the annual fee, but some include it in the cost.
If you’d prefer to buy a garden wheelie bin for yourself, then you can browse our collection here.
The rules for what you can put in your garden waste bin differ slightly between local authorities but below is a list of items that are usually allowed and collected:
The below items are not usually allowed in your garden bin:
Some of the items on the 'unallowed' list might be able to be placed in one of your other household bins, so check the list for each carefully.
Any waste that can’t be placed in a household bin either needs to be taken to your local recycling centre for disposal or collected from your home by the council or a waste management company in a one-off collection.