Garden waste recycling journey

What happens to your garden waste?

We ensure that all garden waste collected from our residents in the borough is sent to a specialist, licensed company and properly recycled.

The recycling journey:

1. You fill your brown bin with garden waste and we collect it every 2 weeks.

2. The waste is taken to our Waste Transfer Station, and then to the specialist composting recycling facility in Merseyside.

3. The waste is sorted through by hand to remove any contamination such as plastic and metal objects, then shredded through a machine.

4. The shredded waste decomposes in mounds called windrows until it has turned into compost.

5. The resulting compost is used for on-site agriculture at the recycling facility to:

  • Grow sprouts and potatoes for sale throughout the UK, Ireland and Europe
  • Grow grass for grazing cattle

By recycling your garden waste through our collection service, you are helping to prevent the waste from ending up in the grey bin and reduce greenhouse gases!


What should you recycle in your brown bin?

Please only recycle the following items in your brown bin:

  • Leaves
  • Weeds
  • Grass cuttings
  • Twigs and small branches
  • Cut flowers


What should you not put in your brown bin?

There are certain items that you should not place in your garden waste bin as they are unable to be recycled. Some items that you may think can be placed in the bin but can't, include:

  • Food waste
  • Turf
  • Soil, including any soil from around the roots of plants
  • Stones and rubble

Other items that are often found in garden waste bins that aren't allowed are:

  • Plastic bags
  • Plant pots
  • Floristry plastic wrapping & Oasis floral foam
  • Hanging baskets
  • Artificial wreaths & floral displays
  • Garden furniture
  • Fence panels
  • Metal