Brown bin collection take a winter break

Garden Waste collection pauses during winter and springs back into action in March

After over four million brown bins were emptied in 2019, Leeds’ garden waste collections are going into hibernation for winter. Leeds City Council is reminding gardeners that their brown bin garden waste will be collected shortly for the last time this year.

Brown bin collections pause in November, returning in March. Just under two thirds of the city’s households use a brown bin, which is collected on a fortnightly rota.

To find out when to finish the final garden touches before winter and put out the brown bin ready to be collected, check the dates at Residents can also download the Leeds Bins app from Google Store or Apple Store to get bin reminders straight to their phones

Garden work need not stop here, as residents still have the option to deposit garden waste at their local household waste recycling centres for free. Leeds recycling centres are open daily from 8am-4pm, except on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Day including the Holmewell Road site behind Asda in Middleton. There is also the option to compost the garden waste.

Some of the resulting product is sold as compost for agriculture whilst the rest is used to help restore former landfill sites back to a natural state.

Councillor Mohammed Rafique, Leeds City Council’s executive member for environment and active lifestyles, said:

“We encourage everyone to make a note of their last collection dates and have their brown bins ready before the final collection of this year.

“My thanks to our Environmental Services team, who do a great job collecting and delivering the garden waste from brown bins for composting.”


This post is based on a press release issued by Leeds City Council