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Household bins

Brown-lidded (garden waste) bin

Brown-lidded garden waste recycling bin

Your garden waste bin is collected every fortnight between March and November. To find out when your collections are, please find your street in our directory. Outside of these months, you may take your garden waste to our Household Recycling and Reuse Centre (the tip).

Please put your bin out for collection by 7am at the kerbside with the handles facing the road.

Bins should be removed from the highway as soon as possible following collection (maximum 24 hours) and returned to your property.

Please note that your bins will not be collected if rubbish is compacted, bin lids can’t close or bins are too heavy to safely be collected. Please do not put plastic bags in your bin. If your bin has not been collected you should have received a bin tag informing you of the reasons why this has happened. If your bin has not been collected and you have not received a bin tag please visit the missed bins page to report it.

We now have an app, Your Rubbish, that you can use to remind you to put out your bins on the right day, what you can put in your bins and more! Find out more about it on our Waste and recycling app page.

What can I put in my brown-lidded (garden waste) bin?

What to put in your brown-lidded bin contents

The compostable items that can be placed in the brown-lidded bin are:

  • Grass clippings and shredded hedge-trimmings
  • Leaves, flowers and weeds
  • Straw and hay
  • Small twigs and branches

Putting non-compostable items in your brown-lidded bin can cause lots of problems with the composting process. Common contaminations include plastics, food waste, plant pots and rubble.

Food waste cannot be composted in your brown-lidded bin because the composting process does not reach high enough temperatures to fully turn food waste into a safe-to-use compost. Food waste must be composted in a special container at high temperatures to kill off bacteria and viruses. You can purchase a discounted composter through Coventry City Council or alternatively food waste may be placed in your green-lidded bin. More information on home composting.

Items you shouldn’t be putting in your brown-lidded bin are:

  • Any vegetables/food
  • Coal
  • Meat or fish
  • Dairy products
  • Diseased plants
  • Dog poo, cat litter or nappies
  • Large amounts of soil or turf
  • Tree stumps
  • Rubble or bricks
  • Weedkiller
  • Plastic bags
  • Textiles - clothes and bedding
  • Plant pots

If you don’t have a brown-lidded bin, or you need a new one, please visit our requests page for more information.

Please see the A-Z of rubbish and recycling if you are unsure of where an item should go.

Find out how you can do more for the environment.

Customer Services

Open 9.00am–5.00pm Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays)


Tel: 08085 834333


If you do need to call us,
please try to avoid our busiest times
of lunchtime and early afternoon.

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