Garden Waste Service
Pre-orders for next year will start on the 1st December 2016.
- The garden waste collection service is available across the city.
- Your garden waste will be collected fortnightly. We will always try to collect on the same day as your household waste but in some circumstances it may be a different day. If this is the case we will write to you to confirm your collection day.
- If you are already using wheelie bins for your household rubbish and recycling and you subscribe to the garden waste service we will provide you with a wheelie bin (even if you previously received a sack service)
- If you are using the old sack and box collection method for your household rubbish and recycling and you subscribe to the garden waste service we will provide you with a set of brown 2016 garden waste sacks as these properties are unsuitable for wheelie bins
- Ensure you have sufficient space to store the wheelie bin(s)
From this page you can:
- Find out what to expect once you have signed up to the garden waste service 2016
- Find out what you can and can't put into your garden waste bin or sacks
- Find more information about the garden waste service
What to expect once you have signed up to the garden waste service
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Kinds of garden waste we will and won't collect:
Please use your garden waste wheelie bin for grass, hedge clippings, plants, weeds, leaves, bush prunings and *tree prunings.
Please do not use the garden waste wheelie bin for stones, soil, bricks, rubble, *Japanese Knotweed, plastics, metals, chemicals, treated wood, meat, vegetables, fruit, pet bedding and faeces.
*Note: Tree pruning – must be no more than 5cm or 2 inches in diameter
*Note: Japanese Knotweed – for information on how to dispose of this properly please go to www.environment-agency.gov.uk.
If you aren’t getting temporary password emails, it is likely that you don’t have an online account registered to the email address you’re trying. In this case, please register an online account before attempting to order your garden waste collection service. For a fuller explanation of how to get around problems accessing your online account, please visit our account help page.
If your wheelie bins or sacks are damaged or missing, please visit our replacement bins page.
You can purchase more than one garden waste service if you wish at a cost of £35 (£33 online) per year, but you must have enough space on your property to store the additional bin(s). You can have up to a maximum of 10 garden waste bins per property.
If you have subscribed to the garden waste service previously then we will not provide you with an additional garden waste wheelie bin unless the subscription changes.
The council will provide, upon request, an Assisted Collection to households where there is a registered Blue Badge holder or they are unable to participate without assistance due to infirmity or disability.
We will only be collecting garden waste that is presented in our new 2016 brown garden waste sacks. We will no longer be collecting 2015 green garden waste sacks.
If you choose not to renew the garden waste service we will not collect your garden waste. Please raise a ‘Payment Enquiry’ by clicking on our ‘Wheelie Bin Enquiry’ button on our Wheelie Bin Enquiry page where arrangements for the retrieval of your garden waste wheelie bin will be made. Please sign up to our Keep in Touch page for any changes and updates to council services.
We advise you to ensure that your wheelie bins are stored safely and securely wherever possible and to return the bins back to your property after each collection is made. We also strongly advise you to permanently mark your new bins with your house number/postcode or other identification.
If we have assessed your property as unsuitable for wheelie bins, we will supply you with garden waste sacks instead.
You can report dumped garden waste here. We will investigate reported dumped garden waste and take appropriate action.
You can share a garden waste bin with a neighbour, but you must make and be responsible for your own arrangement.
The service must be purchased by one resident only. The garden waste bin/sacks will be collected from the property belonging to the resident that has made the request and they will be responsible for complying with all the terms and conditions.
Birmingham City Council do not take any responsibility for resolving local disputes.
Composting is an environmentally friendly way of getting rid of organic waste from your kitchen and garden, giving you a completely natural, peat free, compost to dig back into your garden. By composting your own food and garden waste at home you will be doing your bit to stop climate change as food/garden waste generates methane (a powerful greenhouse gas) when sent to landfill. After 9 -12 months, depending on how much you put into your compost bin, you will have a rich, totally organic compost to put back onto your garden.
There are numerous compost bins on the market to suit all gardens and pockets. If you would like to purchase compost bins, or would like to find out how to compost, please go towww.getcomposting.com or call 0845 130 6090.
Household Recycling Centre
There are five Household Recycling Centres across the City where residents can dispose of their household and garden waste.
Book a bulky waste collection
Birmingham residents can also purchase a bulky waste collection service for up to six large items or up to 18 black bags of rubbish/garden waste.
You are responsible for removing Japanese Knotweed if it is on your private land. You can get more advice on Japanese Knotweed from the Environment Agency website.
The council will not remove Japanese Knotweed unless it is on council owned land.
Your garden waste bin is grey with a brown lid, has an identification chip fitted and has the capacity to hold 240 litres of garden waste. The wheelie bin is about 107 cm high and takes up a ground space of 58 cm x 74 cm.
The identification chip known as Radio Frequency Identification (RFID); contains a Unique Reference Number, which allows us to identify the bin as belonging to a particular property.
We will continue to support community groups and residents who voluntarily support us by collecting garden waste, particularly fallen leaves from public pathways during Autumn.
Please email the Waste Prevention Team at: email@example.com for further information.