Reminder for last garden waste collections of the year

With over four million brown bins emptied each year from over 218,000 households, Leeds City Council delivers the largest garden waste collection service in the UK.

However, brown bin collections are going into their usual annual winter hibernation after Saturday 2 December, meaning most households will have their last collection in late November.

In common with councils across the country, every year, brown bin collections are paused during the winter months due to the dramatically reduced demand for garden waste disposal, with the service resuming in spring.

To find out when to put out the brown bin for the last time in 2023, residents are advised to check the dates at or download the popular Leeds bin app to get a reminder sent straight to their phone.

Garden work need not stop, as green fingered residents will still be able to take garden waste to their local household waste recycling centres, such as Holme Well Road, Middleton, LS10 4TQ, for free throughout winter. Check  for your nearest recycling centre or consider composting at home.

Composting garden waste at home is by far the best solution for the environment and produces excellent soil conditioner and mulch for gardens or house plants.

To help more households start composting Leeds City Council has secured a discount on selected compost bins, more details can be found at

Councillor Mohammed Rafique, Leeds City Council’s executive member for climate, energy, environment and green space, said:

“As the winter months pull in, I would encourage everyone to make note of their last brown bin collection dates so that they can have their brown bins ready for the final collection of the year.

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

Leeds Household Waste Recycling Centres are open seven days a week from 8am to 4pm during the winter months, except on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Day. Check to find the closest one to the home.


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


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