Garden Waste - Brown Bins
Why recycle garden waste?
Garden waste that is not recycled ends up in landfill sites and produces large amounts of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide, which contributes to climate change. By diverting garden waste from landfill it helps reduce global warming. See what happens to your garden waste once it's collected.
How can I help?
There are a variety of services available to help you dispose of your garden waste in Dartford. It's up to you which option you choose:
1. Sign up to our fortnightly collection service. There is a small annual fee and a one-off charge for the 240lt brown wheelie bin – if you are friendly with a neighbour, why not consider sharing a bin and sharing the annual cost accordingly. You can order a new Garden Bin online now. Alternatively, you can call our Customer Services on 01322 343290 who will be able to take payment and arrange this for you.
2. Composting at home – the most environmentally friendly and cost effective way to recycle your garden waste. You can buy a compost bin or even build your own! There are no further charges once you have your bin and you can incorporate some food waste too. Visit the http://www.getcomposting.com/ site for more details.
3. Take your garden waste to one of the local Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) free of charge – a permit or proof of address within the borough is required:
Our service explained
The annual cost for the service is £39 and the one off payment for the bin is £41, but the annual cost reduces on a sliding scale if you join part way through the year.
Collections will be made fortnightly throughout the year.
Only brown 240 litre wheeled bins provided by the Council can be used.
The service is for garden waste only (not food waste) - see 'Yes Please!' and 'No Thank You!' sections below.
The annual service charge must be paid at the beginning of each financial year (April-March).
The brown bin remains the property of the Council and must be returned if no longer used.
The bin should be placed on your front boundary for emptying on the correct day and must be kept on your property in between collections.
Garden waste must be put into the bin loose (not in any sort of sacks first).
All garden waste must be within the bin - side waste will not be collected.
What should and should not be put in the brown bins:
Grass cuttings, dead flowers, weeds, leaves, plants, foliage, twigs, hedge trimmings, small branches (less than 50mm).
No Thank You!
Soil, food, stones and gravel, rubble, turf, plant pots, animal waste, fencing, logs, invasive weeds such as Japanese Knotweed, ragwort, giant hogweed and poisonous plants such as hemlock, rhododendron and yew.