Chelmsford City Council

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Brown garden waste bin

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.

Our waste and recycling collections are currently running as normal, with no disruptions

The household recycling centres are run by Essex County Council. You can check the Love Essex website for announcements.

ItemBin, box or sack
BrackenBrown garden waste bin
Christmas trees (real)Brown 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
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: 25 March 2020

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