Brown garden waste bin

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Tewkesbury Borough Council is making changes to its garden waste scheme, which will introduce a sticker system and see all customers renew for the service in April.

To be kept up-to-date please visit our garden waste updates and waste and recycling news pages.

Brown bin collection service

The garden waste collection service continues to make a significant contribution to the recycling rate within the Borough.

Rotting garden waste in landfill sites produces methane, a greenhouse gas that is considerably more harmful than carbon dioxide.

The scheme was introduced in March 2006 in response to government targets for increased recycling. Since its introduction, there are now over 15,000 households subscribing to the scheme.

How the scheme works

Residents subscribe to the scheme by ordering and paying in advance for one year. For the duration of the subscription, customers are loaned a brown wheeled bin in which to keep their garden waste. The brown bin is emptied fortnightly, on the same day that green refuse bins are emptied.

The cost of one year's subscription is currently £45 per bin. The bin is normally delivered within 28 days of your subscription payment being taken.

We will contact you when your subscription is due for renewal. Contact will be by letter and/or phone, but if you are happy for us to contact you via email, please inform us of your email address, as we are striving to minimise the quantity of paper used in our communications.

How to subscribe or renew your subscription

    What can I put into my brown bin?

    • Grass cuttings
    • Hedge and shrub clippings
    • Leaves, twigs and bark
    • Plants, flowers and weeds
    • Small branches
    • Windfall fruit

    Frequently asked questions


    Can I put food waste in the brown bin?

    No. Food waste (peelings, cooked food, etc.) must not be put into the brown bin. This is a legal restriction, introduced after the BSE crisis, to prevent the spreading of bacteria. As garden waste is composted in the open air, contamination from kitchen and animal waste can cause widespread distribution of bacteria, leading to viral outbreaks such as BSE (mad cow disease) and Foot-and-Mouth disease.

    Kitchen waste should be put into your kitchen caddy, and you can also compost uncooked food waste at home.

    Can I put pet waste into the brown bin?

    No, animal waste (faeces, bedding, etc.) must not be put into the brown bin, for the reason explained above. Double-bag dog and cat waste and put into your green wheeled bin. Bedding and waste from vegetarian pets can be composted at home.

    Can I put soil into the brown bin?

    Soil attached to roots is not a problem, but large amounts of soil make the brown bin extremely heavy, making it impossible to empty the bin.

    I've cleared my greenhouse; can I put old pots and growbags into the brown bin?

    No. Plastic and earthenware pots cannot be composted. Sprinkle old compost from growbags onto your lawn, or around the shrubs.

    My brown bin smells; can I put some disinfectant in it?

    The odour is part of the natural process of decomposition. Do not put disinfectant or synthetic insecticides in the brown bin, as this will interfere with the natural composting process.

    Should I bag my waste before putting it in the brown bin?

    No, please do not put any type of bag or sack in the bin. The collection and composting process is fully automated, and there is no opportunity for the crew to open plastic sacks.

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