Chelmsford City Council

Brown garden waste bin

Earlier collections

From Thursday 11 August 2022, we will start all waste collections an hour earlier than usual. You should put out your bins, boxes, bags and sacks by 5:30am on the morning of your collection. 

This is to help crews get their work done before temperatures peak during the day while we experience another heatwave. Most residents normally put their bins. boxes, and sacks out the evening before their collection, but we wanted to warn you about these changes in case you do this in the morning.

The earlier start time will remain in place until Monday 15 August 2022.

We are currently behind with our normal schedule for recycling collections from flats. We apologise for any inconvenience.

We provide brown bins for you to dispose of your garden waste, including grass cuttings, twigs and real Christmas trees.

You can check what you can put in your brown garden waste bin by looking at our list.

If you can't find the item you want to dispose of in this list, you can search by item instead.

ItemBin, box or sack
BrackenBrown garden waste bin
Christmas trees (real) if branches are 30mm or lessBrown garden waste bin
Garden wasteBrown garden waste bin
Grass cuttingsBrown garden waste bin
Hedge cuttingsBrown garden waste bin
LeavesBrown garden waste bin
Shrub cuttingsBrown garden waste bin
Small branches (chopped up)Brown garden waste bin
TwigsBrown garden waste bin


We collect the brown garden waste bins every two weeks. You can check your collection dates by entering your postcode or address.

We will not collect more than two brown bins from one property on collection day.

Replacement bin

You can order a new brown garden waste bin online if yours is missing or damaged.

What happens to your garden waste

You can find out more about what happens to your recycling.

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Last updated: 07 December 2021

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