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Brown Bin for Garden Waste

Brown Bin for Garden Waste

We are currently experiencing delays in emptying brown bins. If your bin has not been collected, please keep it presented meantime, and only report it as missed if it remains unemptied two days after your scheduled collection day.

Only 1 brown bin (240 litre size) is emptied per household free of charge, irrespective of size of household or garden.

This waste is collected every 3 weeks from March to November. You can use the Bin / Waste Collection calendar to find your waste collection date. Please present your brown bin at the kerbside for 7.00am.

There are no winter collections in December, January and February. Garden waste generated over the winter months can be taken to Forthbank Recycling Centre.

If your bin has been missed then please use our self-service missed waste collection form to report this. Alternatively please contact Customer Services on 01259 450000 as soon as possible. We will return to empty the bin as soon as we can.

You can buy an additional brown bin at a cost of £43.00 which will be collected with your existing bin from March to November. Call 01259 450000 or email for more information.

Yes please to:

brown bin waste

  1. Flowers and plants
  2. Grass clippings
  3. Hedge trimmings
  4. Leaves
  5. Prunings
  6. Twigs and small branches
  7. Weeds

No thanks to:

  1. Plastic bags, containers or packaging
  2. Bin liners
  3. Stones, soil or rubble
  4. Metal
  5. Glass
  6. Cat/dog/pet waste
  7. Kitchen waste
  8. Drinks cartons
  9. Fencing
  10. Plant pots
  11. Polystyrene
  12. Wire mesh
Please remember that it is important to place the correct items in your bin. If your brown bin contains any items that cannot be composted, it will not be emptied until these items have been removed.

Managing Garden Waste

Plant waste production has peak periods - grass cutting in the summer, clearing of leaves during the autumn, trimming of shrubs before early spring etc.

During these peak periods your bin space may not be enough. On those occasions there are alternatives:

  • As plant waste is not produced continuously in the same way as green bin waste is, store your plant waste in bags until your next collection when you have space.  Garden waste does not attract vermin therefore it can be stored. If storing in bags, leave the bags open until the moisture has evaporated. This will get rid of the damp grass smell.
  • Take your excess garden waste to Forthbank Recycling Centre, Bowhouse Road, Alloa where it will be recycled.
  • Request a bulky uplift of your garden waste, please note that bulky uplifts are chargeable.
  • Compost your garden waste. As well as being a good way of getting rid of your extra grass clippings, you can also compost fruit and vegetable waste from the kitchen.

What can I do if my brown bin smells?

Wet grass smells if left in a closed container. Create an air gap by placing a wedge between the lid and the bin. Leave enough space that will keep the rain out but will still allow the moisture in the grass to evaporate. It is the moisture in the grass that causes the bin to smell. By doing this, it also makes the grass less likely to stick to your bin, making it easier for us to empty.

For Further Information Contact

Waste Services
Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa, FK10 1EB
Tel: 01259 450000