Green bin - garden waste

What you can and can't recycle in your green bin, collection information and what happens to the contents of your bin after collection.

Green bin collections over Winter 2018

Green bin collections will be suspended over the winter months, from December 2018 until March 2019.

To find out the date when your green bin collection is resuming, please check the online calendar or refer to the printed version you should have received by post.

What can you recycle in your green bin?

Yes please

  • grass cuttings
  • plants and weeds
  • prunings and twigs
  • leaves
  • hedge clippings
  • old or dead houseplants

No thanks

  • food waste (cooked or uncooked)
  • fruit, vegetables and peelings
  • items that do not compost and can cause harm to farm animals if their remains are left in the final compost.
  • cardboard
  • plastic, glass, metal
  • bags, including biodegradable
  • treated wood
  • stones and gravel
  • soil and turf (a little soil on the roots of plants is acceptable. NB. We do not accept soil at Household Waste and Recycling Centres either - you will need to arrange commercial collection or disposal of soil such as a skip)
  • polystyrene trays and containers
  • frozen food cartons
  • cardboard cartons
  • plastic bottles
  • food cartons (Tetra packs)
  • pet bedding
  • vacuum cleaner contents


When are collections?

  • green bins are collected every two weeks between March and November 
  • don't forget - put your bin out to the edge of your property by 7am and take it in when emptied.
  • please ensure that your green bin, blue bin and green box are put out for collection before 7am on the correct day and taken in when emptied
  • please ensure the lid is firmly closed

You can check the green bin collection dates for your area using the online calendar below:

Changes to collections:

  • recycling and refuse collections will now be made on a Tuesday to Friday, including Good Friday which is a normal working day for SUEZ, this means that your bins and box will be collected on the same day between March to November
  • for updates and information on collections during periods of bad weather follow Doncaster Council on Facebook and Twitter.

Is your bin missing or damaged?

You can request a new bin, or ask for your bin to be repaired, on our dedicated webpage, which can be found by clicking the button below:

Missed collection:

Assisted collection:

We can help with collections if you are unable to take your bin or box to the kerbside (pull out service) because of disability or ill health. 

What happens to the contents of my green bin?

Collections from the green wheeled bins are taken to an open air composting facility where animals and birds could come in to contact with it.

Following the foot and mouth outbreak in 2001 the Animal By-Products Regulations were introduced across Europe to prevent there being a risk to animal or public health through the spread of disease.  

Due to the composting process undertaken in Doncaster 'in open air' certain types of degradable wastes cannot be accepted for processing, including fruit and vegetables.  If food waste could have been in contact with any animal produce e.g. on the chopping board with cheese or meet etc, this should not be placed in the green wheeled bin.  A general rule is that anything which could have been in the kitchen is to be treated as contamination and should not be placed in the green wheeled bin.

The green waste is:

  • checked for quality
  • shredded into smaller pieces
  • formed in to windrows (piles/rows of organic/biodegradable material)
  • windrows are turned over a period of 10 to 14 weeks to speed up the composting process
  • screened for contamination
  • separated into different sizes
  • used for land remediation, landscaping, sold in garden centres

More information

Green bin-frequently asked questions
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Last updated: 03 December 2018 16:00:08