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Dudley Council provides a service for the collection of garden waste from each household.

Existing green wheelie bins are for garden waste only. If you don't already have a green bin you can purchase one from Dudley Council Plus. If you have large amounts of garden waste, you can also purchase an additional bin. Please note, an additional bin is a chargeable service and further details can be found in the 'Replacement or additional green bin' section below. 

What garden waste can I put out in my green bin?

Please put the following materials in your green wheelie bin, as they can be composted.

  • Grass cuttings
  • Hedge clippings
  • Annual weeds
  • Leaves
  • Small branches (maximum length: 1 metre / 3 feet, maximum diameter: 7.5cm / 3 inches)
  • Small prunings

What should I not put out?

Do not put the following materials in your green wheelie bin as they cannot be composted.

  • Animal waste
  • Food waste
  • Bricks, rubble, or concrete
  • Household waste
  • Large branches or tree stumps (Branches over 7.5cm / 3 inches diameter or 1m / 3ft in length and will not be collected)
  • Paper and cardboard
  • Plastics
  • Soil and stones
  • Wire and nails

What time does my green waste or green wheelie bin have to be out?

Your garden waste or wheelie bin MUST be placed out by 6.30am on the day of your collection. If it is placed out any later, it may not be collected and will be done on your next collection date.

Additional garden (green) bins

If you have loads of garden waste you might want to consider an additional fortnightly garden waste collection. By subscribing, you continue to receive your normal green waste pick-ups plus an additional brown lidded bin.

A second bin enables you to easily get rid of more grass cuttings, hedge clippings, weeds, leaves, small branches and small prunings. Simply do your gardening, pop the waste into your green bins and put out for collection as normal.

It's really easy to subscribe to online. The additional chargeable green bin(s) cost a one-off payment of £31.72, plus £40 for a season of garden waste collections. Season one costs £71.72, then subsequent seasons only the collection charge has to be paid.

Replacement or additional green bin

We have added to our already popular garden waste collection service, by offering additional chargeable green bins to those residents who have a need to dispose of more green waste.

This is an optional service and the money it generates is put back into the maintenance of the additional demand on the vehicles and equipment.

If you are creating additional garden waste and cannot fit it into your green wheelie bin please consider the following options:

Please note that we will not collect any excess garden waste due to health and safety considerations.


Requests for new or replacement garden bins are chargeable. This includes occupancy of new build properties as well as bins that may have been lost, damaged or stolen. The cost is £31.72. This charge is for the administration and delivery of the bin. The bin remains the property of the Council.


The additional bins, which have brown lids, can be purchased for a one off fee. An additional annual fee for the collection of the extra waste is also charged. If you move home you can transfer the collection service to your new property and take your additional 'brown-lid bin' with you.

Please view the Green Waste Fees for details of this year's fees.

Collection Issues

If you have a query or issue relating to a collection please report it using our online form.

Please also note:

  • Contaminated wheelie bins or reusable sacks will not be emptied
  • If the reusable sack is too heavy for you to lift, then it is too heavy for the collection crew to lift
  • Garden waste put out as part of domestic waste will not be collected

If the collection crew have placed a yellow sticker on the rubbish it means that the waste is considered to be contaminated. These items will NOT be removed and remain the responsibility of the householder for removal.

Home composting

Nearly a third of what we all throw away is garden and kitchen waste (e.g. grass cuttings, leaves or fruit and vegetable peelings).  This can easily be turned into compost, making your garden greener and reducing the amount of rubbish that is sent to landfill. This in turn also helps to reduce the costs associated with taking away your garden waste.

Digging compost into your garden will help to improve the texture, drainage and aeration of the soil and adds nutrients. Home composting is also the environmentally friendly alternative to peat based products.

Discounted composters are available to Dudley residents via our Dudley Recycles website.

Composting seminar

Following the successful composting seminar, held by Garden Organic in partnership with Dudley Council on 5 May, a free prize draw was held 6 May.  Bernard Gough was the lucky attendee drawn randomly winning a £100 voucher for Great Green Systems.