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Dudley Council provides a green waste 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 green 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.

Replacement or additional green bin

We have added to our already popular green 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 green 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 £30.49. 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.

Free composting webinar workshop

If you are a Dudley borough resident, why not join us for our free composting webinar on Thursday 20 May at 2pm or 7pm.

This 1.5 hour long Zoom Meeting will enable you to learn how to make our own compost at home.

Home composting turns your vegetables peelings and green waste from your garden into lovely compost that benefits your soil and garden.

Composting benefits the environment, saves you money and improves your garden, so why wouldn’t you want to do it?

In this session you will learn:

  • The benefits of composting to your garden and the environment
  • How the composting process works
  • How to compost at home
  • What you can put in your compost
  • The different types of bins available
  • FAQs and troubleshooting common problems

You will also have the opportunity to ask questions.

For your convenience, we are offering two time slots of either 2pm or 7pm, but we anticipate demand will be high, so we suggest you book your slot as soon as possible.

Simply email waste.recycling@dudley.gov.uk, stating your preferred time slot.  You will receive a Zoom link and confirmation at a later date.

The session is hosted by Dudley Council and is held by Garden Organic - the National Charity for Organic Growing, with over 60 years’ experience of organic growing and composting.

If you would like another composing bin, to help take advantage of everything you have learned during this webinar, please see Dudley Recycles website.  Special offers are currently available.

Please note, you will need to download the Zoom software to log onto the webinar.