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Garden waste

There are changes to bin collections and our waste services due to coronavirus. For the latest information visit our coronavirus bins page.

The fortnightly garden waste collections are currently stopped for the winter. They will restart slightly later between 15-26 March 2021 and your first garden waste collection date will be shown here www.sandwell.gov.uk/binday from 13 March 2021.

If you have any garden waste during the winter break, you should take it to the tip or compost it at home.

What to put in your garden waste bin

  • grass cuttings
  • hedge and shrub clippings
  • plants and weeds
  • leaves, twigs and bark
  • cut flowers
  • windfalls

What not to put in (these items won't be collected)

  • soil, pot plant compost, turf, ash or garden chemicals
  • plastic (including plastic bags, bin liners, carrier bags or plant pots)
  • food or kitchen waste (including raw or cooked food)
  • stones or rubble
  • DIY rubbish, timber or sawdust
  • animal waste or bedding
  • metal or glass.

We can't empty your garden waste bin if it:

  • contains items that can’t be composted
  • contains any bags - garden waste must be loose and not in bags
  • is too full for the lid to close
  • is too heavy or too full to empty safely.

If you have large amounts of heavy garden waste, you can split it over several garden waste collections, take it to the tip (also known as the household recycling centre) or alternatively it can be composted at home.

Alternatively you can order extra garden waste bins - we will collect up to three at a time on your collection day. Extra garden waste bins cost £41.00.

Order an extra garden waste bin

What happens to your garden waste

Your garden waste is composted and turned into a soil conditioner called CARE compost, available at the Household Recycling Centre - £2 for a 40 litre bag. Payment is made using a meter – please bring two £1 coins. If you are visiting the tip to only purchase this, you do not need to book your visit.   If you are bringing rubbish or recycling to dispose of as well you need to book an appointment. 

Please note that we do not have any CARE compost in stock but anticipate that it will be available by August 2021.   Once stock is available this webpage will be updated.